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Coronavirus Advice for Landlords

Posted: 24th Mar 2020 by Clair Watmore Coronavirus, Landlords

Coronavirus: what landlords need to know

As part of their ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Government has now published the Coronavirus Bill 2020. This bill will require a number of temporary changes to the way the private rented sector operates.

The package of reforms to help renters announced are –

  • extending notice periods for repossession for the duration of the emergency. This is a substantial change from the original proposal to suspend all repossessions.
  • widening the pre-action protocol for social landlords to include private rented sector landlords 
  • ensuring that buy-to-let lenders will offer a mortgage holiday of up to three months for private landlords whose tenants have been impacted by the coronavirus. This is on the understanding that landlords will be expected to offer a similar rent holiday to their tenants.

HMRC are also deferring self assessment payment on accounts from 31 July 2020 to 31 Jan 2021 for the self employed.

Advice for landlords

The Government advice around coronavirus is continuing to develop and extend into more areas of the private rented sector.

Landlords are encouraged to refer to government guidance or get in touch with our team for advice on 01904 655202 or email enquiries@hghyork.co.uk.