Advice for renters and social housing tenants

Complete ban on evictions & more protection for renters

In response to the financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the Government has announced a package of protections for renters and landlords.

  • Emergency legislation to suspend new evictions from social or private rented accommodation while this national emergency is taking place
  • No new possession proceedings through applications to the court to start during the crisis
  • Landlords will also be protected as 3 month mortgage payment holiday is extended to Buy to Let mortgages
  • Complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters.

Recognising the additional pressures the virus may put on landlords, the Government has also confirmed that the three month mortgage payment holiday announced previously will be extended to landlords whose tenants are experiencing financial difficulties due to the virus. This will alleviate the pressure on landlords, who will be concerned about meeting mortgage payments themselves, and will mean no unnecessary pressure is put on their tenants as a result.

At the end of this period, landlords and tenants will be expected to work together to establish an affordable repayment plan, taking into account tenants’ individual circumstances.

The Government has also put a complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters. You can read more here. The Government has said that no renter who has lost income due to Coronavirus will be forced out of their home, nor will any landlord face unmanageable debts.

To see the statement from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, please click here.

The Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP, has said

The government is clear – no renter who has lost income due to Coronavirus will be forced out of their home, nor will any landlord face unmanageable debts.

Social / Council Housing Tenants

Council housing in Solihull is operated by Solihull Community Housing. You can find their most up-to-date information here. More advice is available through their Home Options, whose website can be found here or who can be called on 0121 717 1515.

Information on homelessness and rough sleeping

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council has duties under various Housing Acts to help people who are homeless or at risk of become homeless. More information on their services can be found here

This page was last updated on Monday 11th May