Homelessness could treble without ‘coronavirus home retention scheme’, campaigners tell government

July 6, 2020

The analysis, carried out by Generation Rent, estimates that 45,090 households will become homeless after being evicted from a private tenancy for rent arrears this year, compared with 15,030 in 2019.

 

This is based on the prediction, calculated via polling by the Resolution Foundation, that 13% of renters have fallen behind on their rent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Possession proceedings have currently been suspended in court until the end of August, meaning private renters cannot be evicted until this date.

 

At the start of lockdown, the government increased the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate, which determines how much housing benefit renters can receive to cover the cheapest third of homes in a local area.

 

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