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Help for private renters

Help for Residents in the Private Rented Sector

The government has announced a radical package of measures to protect renters and landlords affected by coronavirus. As a result, no renter in either social or private accommodation will be forced out of their home during this difficult time.

Emergency legislation is being taken forward as an urgent priority so that landlords will not be able to start proceedings to evict tenants for at least a three-month period. As a result of these measures, no renters in private or social accommodation needs to be concerned about the threat of eviction.

The announcement that Local Housing Allowance rates for private renters claiming Universal Credit housing element or Housing benefit will increase to 30th percentile of market rents will benefit approximately 1,300 households in receipt of housing benefit paid according to the LHA.  The level of increase will vary according to individual household circumstances with notification of the new awards expected to be sent during the first week of April.