Transform has supported more than 1,500 vulnerable and homeless people throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, working with multiple partners to ensure our services reflect the needs of the community.
Many residents have been able to keep their homes following the Government’s temporary measures on possession proceedings and evictions. With the end of the bailiff-enforced evictions ban and the shortening of notice periods in May, however, residents are becoming worried about paying their rent.
The National Housing Federation (NHF) is keenly aware of these concerns and has committed to ensuring no one is evicted from a housing association home as a result of financial hardship. Transform strongly endorses the NHF statement on this, which you can read below.
Housing associations are not-for-profit landlords to more than six million people in England. Any resident worried about paying their rent should contact their housing association, who will help.
During the pandemic and beyond, housing associations are committed to:
- Keeping people secure at home. No one will be evicted from a housing association home as a result of financial hardship, where they are working (or engaging) with their housing association to get their payments back on track.
- Helping people to get the support they need. Housing associations are helping residents to access benefits and other support to alleviate financial hardship, including supporting people to get into work where possible.
- Acting compassionately and quickly where people are struggling. Housing associations will work with any resident who is struggling to pay rent to make arrangements that are manageable for them in the long-term. Legal action will only be taken in serious circumstances – for example as a last resort where a resident will not agree a plan with their landlord to pay their rent, or where it is needed urgently in cases of domestic abuse or of antisocial behaviour that is putting other residents or communities at risk.
No Transform client has been evicted as a result of financial hardship following the end of temporary measures. Clients who are concerned about maintaining their accommodation should contact their keyworker, who will provide them with the support they require.