Although most of the restrictions associated with the COVID virus have been lifted there are still some restriction that have a direct affect on Housing and it is always worth checking or taking advice before taking action such as serving a notice.
The Government have produced some guidance specific for private landlords and tenants which can be viewed in full at Gov.uk
Much of what we are being advised around how to keep ourselves and other safe is a matter of choice, such as wearing a mask and it is always worth making sure you understand the position your tenant is taking when arranging things like property inspections and repairs.
Tenants should be making arrangement to allow landlord access to carry out property inspections and repairs, but in some cases might need to negotiate or delay access. This can be for any number or reasons including having received a positive test, being ‘Pinged’, or simply because they are clinically vulnerable.
Tenants are still expected to pay their rent in full, but as Furlough is lifted not everyone will return to their jobs or may find themselves on reduced hours. If your tenant advised that they are struggling to meet their rent you should advise them to get in touch for advice about welfare benefits and other support.