Rent and coronavirus: What comes next for UK renters affected by Covid-19? – inews

OpinionCommentThe Government tells i there are no plans to reverse the increase to Local Housing Allowance (LHA)

Friday, 22nd May 2020, 9:37 am

Updated Friday, 22nd May 2020, 4:42 pm

The coronavirus crisis is now fast-approaching its fourth month and we’re only just starting to see the economic impact. The spectre of a severe recession, the likes of which, in the words of Chancellor Rishi Sunak, “we have not seen” looms large. His words are unambiguous: we are awaiting the biggest economic shock in recent history.

There is rightful concern from one demographic in particular: private renters. This is a group thought to contain about 20 million people who rely on private landlords to keep a roof over their heads. It has grown rapidly over the last decade or so because getting on the housing ladder has become increasingly unaffordable while social housing

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