An eviction ban has been extended by a further two months, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has said.

A three-month temporary ban was first introduced by the government in March – but was due to end this month.

The extension means that landlords cannot evict tenants until the end of August at the earliest.

Making the announcement on Twitter, Jenrick said: “No-one will be evicted from their home this summer due to coronavirus”.

Housing charity Shelter welcomed the move but warned it was “only a stop-gap” while many people were “racking up rent arrears”.

“Judges must be given the power to stop people losing their homes because of coronavirus, otherwise the country will face a tidal wave of homelessness after the end of August,” chief executive Polly Neate said.

“Sooner or later, the government has to stop kicking the can down the road,” she added.

Source: BBC News

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