News from Siân Berry: Time running out for renters
04 June 2020
London renters hit by the financial fallout of the coronavirus crisis are running out of time as temporary protections put in place will soon end.
Sian Berry AM is again calling on the Government to extend the eviction ban, and calling on the Mayor of London to join her and Londoners in demanding this measure as it becomes ‘critically urgent’.
The Government introduced a temporary ban on evictions on 18 March, but that is due to expire at the end of this month (June) leaving tenants who have fallen behind on their rents, especially those who have fallen through the gaps of government support schemes, at risk of losing their homes.
There are nearly 2.5 million private renters in London. Many already struggle with high rents and renters are more likely to be in precarious or low paid work already, so those who have lost income during the crisis will be simply unable to repay rents.
Sian Berry says:
The Mayor has not been clear in calling for rent arrears to be cleared for renters and outstanding rents to be paid to landlords. At the last Mayor’s Question Time on 21 May he refused three times to join me in calling for arrears forgiveness.Government policy, and Labour policy nationally has said that renters should pay back arrears with a repayment plan, but London's renters are already so stretched this will cause huge hardship in the capital.The Mayor must stand up now, join Londoners and other politicians like me in saying as loudly as possible that extending the eviction ban is critically urgent, and that all arrears from the coronavirus period should be cleared.
Sian Berry has previously said the Mayor’s proposals do not cover two key protections desperately needed by renters. 
At Mayor’s Question Time on 21 May, the Mayor stopped short of calling for rent arrears to be cleared, despite being asked three times by Sian Berry.
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