COVID-19 Advice for Private Landlords and Tenants
Following the introduction of the Coronavirus Act 2020, The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has issued further guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities on their responsibilities during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Here is a factsheet for landlords and tenants (PDF, 214KB) with some key points taken from the guidance. The full guidance is available on Gov.uk and includes advice on rents, mortgages, and technical guidance on eviction notices.
There are specialist services providing support if you are a tenant and are worried about possession proceedings or being unable to pay your rent during the coronavirus outbreak. Its recommended you should speak to your landlord at the earliest opportunity to agree an affordable payment plan where possible and seek advice from Shelter, Citizens Advice and The Money Advice Service.
Right to Rent Checks COVID-19 Temporary Adjustments
The Home Offices has made temporarily adjusted the right to rent checks to make it easier for landlords and letting agents to carry them out during the coronavirus outbreak.
Until further notice, landlords do not need to see original documents. Prospective and current tenants are now able to submit scanned documents or a photo of documents (via email or mobile app), rather than originals, to landlords to show they have a Right to Rent, and landlords can complete the check via video call. Where an individual does not have the right documentation to demonstrate their right to rent, landlords should contact the Landlord Checking Service.
Information for landlords
The National Landlords Association has published advice and guidance for landlords and property managers:
- Minimising health risks in your property
- Changes to possession rules
- Advice about financial support
- Advice on managing your property
Included in the links above are downloadable posters which can be given to your tenants and displayed inside your properties
The full advice can be accessed here.
Further general advice regarding coronavirus can be found here.
Find out more about Milton Keynes Council’s response, including information on how those who are vulnerable can receive help.
Last Updated: 7 April 2020