With the huge uncertainty caused by coronavirus, Cllr Sem Moema, Hackney Council’s Mayoral Adviser for Private Renting and Housing Affordability, has called on landlords to support private renters affected by the outbreak, and asked government to ban non-payment of rent due to coronavirus being used as a basis for eviction.
Cllr Moema’s letter to Minister for Housing, Christopher Pincher MP, said:
Do you need support?
Our benefits and housing needs service can help ensure tenants are getting the financial support they are entitled to, provide advice on maintaining tenancies, and – where there is likely to be shortfalls in rent payments – help with applications for discretionary housing payments. Full information is available at hackney.gov.uk/housing-options
Our website also lists all the usual support available for residents on low incomes who may be experiencing hardship: