MPs have launched an inquiry into how government schemes to help private renters in the coronavirus crisis are working.
In a call for evidence, the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee will scrutinise the impact of banning private tenant evictions for three months and raising the Local Housing Allowance rate.
You are urged to respond to the call for evidence but you need to act quickly because the final date for submissions is Friday 1 May 2020.
The MPs also want to look at the ‘Everyone In’ scheme that aims to house rough sleepers in hotels or emergency accommodation.
The committee fears private tenants may build rents arrears during the pandemic and may still face eviction when the current three-month ban expires.
Chairman Clive Betts said: “It is vital that those in precarious living situations are supported by the government.
“We must ensure that people without homes and those sleeping rough are protected during this health crisis.
“Equally, people cannot be forced to leave their homes at a time when finding a new place to live simply isn’t possible
“However, we must also look at what will happen a month from now and beyond. Where will those currently housed in hotels go when the Everyone In scheme expires?
“What happens in three months when the eviction ban lapses for people who have no job and now owe three months’ rent?”
The committee wants landlords, letting agents and tenants to get in touch through a written online submission assessing how well the government has supported the private rented sector during the lockdown.
The committee also wants to know about any current and immediate concerns private tenants, the homeless and rough sleepers may have and if any action is needed when the outbreak subsides.
The committee hopes to quiz Housing Minister Robert Jenrick as part of their investigation.