Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Renters ‘will be protected from eviction’, insists PM Johnson

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
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Renters will be protected from eviction, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.

Johnson, coming under increasing pressure from Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn today to deal with the issue from ‘worried sick tenants’, said he will bring forward emergency legislation to ensure those renting privately will be protected from eviction.

 

 

“Yesterday, the chancellor, unfortunately, offered nothing to the 20 million people living in rented homes, including three million households with children,” Corbyn said.

“They’re worried, they’re worried sick that they can’t pay their rent if they get ill, lose pay or feel they need to self-isolate.

 

 

“It is in the interests of public health, of the health of all of us, that people don’t feel forced to go to work in order to avoid eviction when they know themselves they may be spreading this terrible disease,” Corbyn added.

Johnson replied, “I can indeed confirm that we will be bringing forward legislation to protect private renters from eviction,  that is one thing we will do.

 

 

“But it is also important as we legislate that we do not simply pass on the problem, so we’ll also be taking steps to protect other actors in the economy,” he added.

Johnson added that further measures would be introduced to protect the vulnerable and those who face job losses.

 

Keep up to date with all the latest Northern Ireland Coronavirus / Covid-19 news HERE

 

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