Advice for renters and social housing tenants

Complete ban on evictions & more protection for renters

In response to the financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the Government has announced a package of protections for renters and landlords.

  • Emergency legislation requires landlords to give three months’ notice of their intention to end the tenancy of an existing renter. This applies between the dates of 26 March 2020 and 30 September 2020 inclusive, and may be extended if needed.
  • No new possession proceedings through applications to the court to start during the crisis
  • Landlords will also be protected as 3 month mortgage payment holiday is extended to Buy to Let mortgages
  • Complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters.

Recognising the additional pressures the virus may put on landlords, the Government has also confirmed that the three month mortgage payment holiday announced previously will be extended to landlords whose tenants are experiencing financial difficulties due to the virus. This will alleviate the pressure on landlords, who will be concerned about meeting mortgage payments themselves, and will mean no unnecessary pressure is put on their tenants as a result.

At the end of this period, landlords and tenants will be expected to work together to establish an affordable repayment plan, taking into account tenants’ individual circumstances.

You read about the housing and accommodation provisions the Government has made here. The Government has said that no renter who has lost income due to Coronavirus will be forced out of their home, nor will any landlord face unmanageable debts.

To see the statement from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, please click here.

The Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP, has said

The government is clear – no renter who has lost income due to Coronavirus will be forced out of their home, nor will any landlord face unmanageable debts.

Social / Council Housing Tenants

Different providers of social housing are operating different levels of service. 

  • Portsmouth City Council - Leigh Park Housing Office is still open but with reduced hours and service. Call the housing office before visiting.
  • Vivid - Ensuring all emergency and urgent repairs take priority. Customer service number is 0800 652 0898
  • Guinness - If you are self-isolating or have a confirmed case of Coronavirus you must tell them as soon as possible if you have an appointment for someone from Guinness to visit you. Customer service line is 0303 123 1890

Information on homelessness and rough sleeping

Havant Borough Council has duties under various Housing Acts to help people who are homeless or at risk of become homeless. As soon as you are faced with homelessness or even if you think that you might become homeless in the future you should contact the Council's Housing Service Team for advice.

More information can be found here

This page was last updated on 3rd August 2020.