Published: 31st Mar 2021

The government needs to establish a system to help renters who have amassed significant rent arrears during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a cross-party group of MPs. The report by the housing, communities and local government select committee argues helping tenants pay their rent arrears will be the simplest and most straightforward way to avoid evictions and help landlords receive income. According to the committee, the potential cost of between £200m and £300m would prevent more people becoming homeless. The report also praises the efforts of all involved in ensuring the Everyone In strategy got people off the streets and into accommodation during the early months of the pandemic. However, it warns after initial successes it had become too easy for people to fall through the gaps. Individuals with no recourse to public funds due to their immigration status were not always being given the support they needed, and the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)