COVID-19 – Keeping the Private Rented Sector safe
Information for tenants
During the COVID-19 outbreak, safety has remained the number one priority for safeagent and its accredited firms. safeagent has compiled the latest Government guidance and advice, in order to best support tenants, landlords and letting agency staff.
Coronavirus Guidance for Landlords and Tenants is an extensive guide from Government with useful Q&As.
Tenants should continue to pay rent and abide by all other terms of their tenancy agreement to the best of their ability. The government has a strong package of financial support available to tenants, and where they can pay the rent as normal, they should do. Tenants who are unable to do so should speak to their landlord or agent at the earliest opportunity. Rent levels agreed in your tenancy agreement remain legally due and you should discuss with your landlord if you are in difficulty. Government have also issued advice for people struggling to pay their bills as a result of COVID-19
Landlords and agents should be able to carry out routine repairs for most households. There may be a backlog so it may take longer than normal to carry out non-essential work. Operatives entering your home should maintain a safe distance and follow hygiene procedures in the Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance
Legislation has now been introduced, so landlords must now give tenants 6 months’ notice before they can evict. New 6 month notice periods are in place until at least 31 March 2021. Once eviction hearings restart, the judiciary will carefully prioritise the most serious cases including those involving anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse.
Tenants should be guided by their agent on what measures are in place to safely view a property. Government advice on home moving during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has a useful section on viewings, including advice that initial viewings should be done virtually wherever possible and physical viewings should only be conducted where tenants are seriously considering the property.