Laura Sharman 11 May 2020

Labour's five-point plan to protect renters from eviction

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Labour has published a five-point plan to prevent renters from being evicted during the coronavirus crisis.

It warns that current measures fall 'well short' of protecting people from homelessness.

It's proposals include banning evictions for at least six months, giving residential tenants the same protections as commercial tenants and bringing forward plans to scrap Section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions.

Thangam Debbonaire, Labour’s shadow housing secretary, said: 'Current protections for people renting their homes are woefully inadequate. Unless the Government acts now, many thousands of tenants will be at risk of losing their homes.

'The Government has paused evictions for three months and answered Labour’s call to increase the Local Housing Allowance. Both are welcome, but do not go far enough. It will take time for people to recover from this crisis and they need all the support we can give them to prevent what would be an unprecedented and devastating spike in homelessness.'

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