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Today in politics: Coronavirus, residents cladding survey

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

Our politics update today takes a look at a call from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn MP for landlords to offer rent payment holidays to tenants in response to the Coronavirus, and a new HCLG residents survey on cladding.

Growing calls for rent payment holidays for tenants as a result of Coronavirus

Several MPs including the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn MP have called for landlords to offer rent payment holidays to tenants in response to the Coronavirus.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Corbyn has called for:
Rent and mortgage payment deferment options” to be made available, “so that landlords cannot evict tenants, and mortgage companies cannot take action against mortgagees in these circumstances.”

Preet Kaur Gill MP, (Labour, Birmingham Edgbaston) has also tabled a written question asking what discussions MHCLG has had with private landlords on a rent holiday in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

The Green Party is also calling for a “Coronavirus Solidarity Pace” which would involve “A suspension of no-fault evictions or the eviction of anyone affected by the coronavirus crisis and a freeze on rental payments for those affected (with compensation for landlords for the lost rent)”.

The House of Commons Library has also published a note on claiming welfare benefits during the Coronavirus outbreak, which can be read here.

HCLG Committee launches residents survey on cladding

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has launched a survey to understand the extent of dangerous cladding remaining and other fire safety defects on residential buildings, and the impact this has had on residents lives.

The quick to complete survey invites residents to tell the Committee what the fire safety issues on their buildings have been, detail the impact this has had on them, whether it be financial or emotional, and give their views on the Government’s response.

The survey will inform the Committee’s recently launched inquiry – Cladding: progress on remediation. The inquiry will examine the scale of issues facing residents in buildings due to combustible cladding. It will also look at the effectiveness of Government support for the removal of all form of dangerous cladding from existing buildings, in particular the pace of remediation. Further information can be read here.

The survey can be accessed here.

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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