Our statement on coronavirus

16/03/2019

We know a lot of tenants are worried about how they will be able to pay their rent during the coronavirus pandemic. Having to self-isolate means that some people, especially self-employed people or those on casual or zero hours contracts, are going to face financial hardship.

At this difficult time we are asking landlords to be sensitive to any tenants who have to self-isolate. Private landlords should take reassurance from the fact that numerous mortgage lenders have promised to be patient with any arrears resulting from the epidemic.

For social landlords in Wales, now is the time to eliminate evictions into homelessness. The last thing we want right now is more people becoming homeless. Managing exposure to Covid-19 is considerably more difficult for people who are homeless. We will be closely monitoring our casework to see which landlords, if any, are still carrying out evictions without assisting tenants into suitable alternative homes.

Anyone who is worried about their housing situation should contact Shelter Cymru for free, expert advice on 08000 495 495.