Coronavirus: information and updates

Support for renters during coronavirus

There is no extra funding for people who rent.

Contact your landlord or letting agency as soon as possible if you're struggling to pay rent. 

Get support if you’re struggling with living costs (Citizens Advice)

Get help if you’ve had a drop in income (Shelter England)

Talk to your landlord

You could ask them to:

  • reduce your rent for a time
  • pause your rent payments for a time
  • accept a late payment
  • create an affordable payment plan for you to pay at a later date

Template for writing to your landlord (Shelter England)

Benefits if you’re struggling to pay bills 

Managing debt to pay off rent arrears

Evictions

The idea of being evicted is stressful, but government measures during coronavirus mean you’re safe in your home.

Landlords cannot evict you if you live in social or private accommodation during this time. Eviction proceedings cannot start until 23 August 2020.

If you received an eviction notice before 26 March, stay in your home until the government says evictions can start again.

If your landlord is trying to force you from your home, contact:

Help with Council Tax

Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowance

Who can help

If your landlord does not offer you options and you’re worried about paying rent or eviction, there are organisations that can help:

Shelter England

Shelter Cymru

Advice4Renters

Generation Rent

Last reviewed by Scope on: 03/07/2020

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