Hard campaigning by tenants’ organisations and a lack of clarity from government had led many renters to mistakenly believe they off the hook during the crisis, it has been claimed.

The campaigning efforts of tenants’ organisations and a lack of guidance from the government have led many renters to believe that they no longer have to pay their rent, the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has warned.

It says large numbers of members are contacting the organisation to report how tenants are claiming that they are no longer required to pay their rent during the Coronavirus pandemic.

As LandlordZONE has reported recently, this includes the London Renters’ Union, which on Friday issued a ‘rent stop’ template letter for renters to send their landlords and raised 102,000 signatures for a petition, while the National Union of Students has also called for rent payments to be suspended.

In response, the NRLA has called on government to provide strong guidance to the public that they should carry on paying their rent where possible, and that landlords are not being given the automatic right to have a three-month mortgage holiday

“This is not a green light to tenants everywhere to stop paying their rent.”

Ben Beadle, NRLA

“The mortgage repayment holiday is only available for landlords who are struggling to make their payments because their tenants are unable to pay part or all of their rent as a direct result of the coronavirus [pandemic] and through no fault of their own,” says the NRLA’s its Chief Executive

“What it does allow is that where a tenant is having genuine difficulty in meeting their rent payment because of a loss of income, landlords have much greater flexibility to agree a mutually acceptable plan with the tenant to defer the rent due.

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