Property News - 76% of tenants welcome the eviction ban extension according to tenant and landlord survey



Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Research by lettings and estate agent, Barrows and Forrester, has revealed that the vast majority of tenants welcome the extension to evictions announced at the weekend, despite many seeing little impact on their ability to pay the rent. 

Monday should have marked the end of the eviction ban timeline, however, the decision to extend it further means eviction notices will not be served for another six weeks across England and Wales, following a similar move by Scotland at the end of last week. 

Barrows and Forrester surveyed 1,144 current UK tenants and 992 current UK landlords on their thoughts regarding the ban and its extension. 

76% of tenants stated they wanted to see the ban on evictions reviewed and extended further, while 43% of landlords, perhaps understandably, believe that it should not have been extended.

However, it would seem that financial factors aren’t the predominant issue surrounding the ban on tenant evictions. 46% of UK tenants stated that they have not seen their financial situation worsen as a result of the pandemic. 

However, in Northern Ireland, 67% of tenants stated they are worse off as a result of the current pandemic, with tenants in the West Midlands (50%), East Midlands (48%) and Greater London (47%) also struggling more than most. 

Just 18% of tenants stated that they have struggled or failed to pay the rent during the pandemic although this increases to 28% of tenants in Wales, 27% in Northern Ireland and 21% in Scotland and the West Midlands. 

In addition, just 23% of landlords surveyed stated that they have seen their level of rental income reduce due to the pandemic and just 12% of landlords stated that they had been unable to evict a tenant during the pandemic. 

Managing Director of Barrows and Forrester, James Forrester, commented:

“The ban on tenant evictions is a delicate subject and both sides of the argument have valid reasons for wanting to see the ban either extended or lifted. 

Financial reasons brought on by the pandemic are no doubt a factor, with nearly half of tenants seeing their financial situation worsen due to the pandemic. 

However, a far smaller proportion have struggled to pay their rent and many landlords have also seen their rental income sustained which is good news for all of those operating within the sector. 

There are also those that are using the current eviction ban as an excuse to avoid paying rent and while this is a very small proportion of tenants, it still poses a serious headache for landlords. Thankfully the government has now allowed landlords to include any unpaid rent accrued since the start of the pandemic to be included within the six month time frame at which point they can start eviction proceedings. 

Of course, the ban itself poses a far more serious issue for some. Financial reasons aside, many of the most serious cases will be due to domestic violence or anti-social behaviour. 

It’s fair to say that in these instances the government should not be protecting tenants from eviction, so it’s reassuring to see that these should continue to be considered on a case by case basis. 

Landlords are the backbone of the rental market and all things considered, much more needs to be done to support them during this tough period.” 

Survey of 992 UK landlords and 1,144 UK tenants carried out by Find Out How (January 9th 2021).

Note - Find Out How includes all responses from the Yorkshire and Humber region within the North East classification. 

 

Landlord Survey

Q1 - Do you think the tenant eviction ban should have been reviewed and extended?

       

Answer

Totals

   

No

43%

   

Yes

31%

   

Prefer not to say

26%

   

Sample Size: 992 UK Landlords

   
       

Region

No

Yes

Prefer not to say

East Midlands

45%

27%

28%

East Of England

46%

26%

28%

Greater London

31%

44%

25%

North East

51%

34%

15%

North West

39%

33%

27%

Northern Ireland

47%

24%

29%

Scotland

38%

43%

20%

The South East

45%

30%

25%

The South West

37%

30%

33%

Wales

38%

35%

26%

West Midlands

63%

21%

17%

Sample Size: 992 UK Landlords

       

Q2 - Have you seen your level of rental income reduce due to the pandemic?

       

Answer

Totals

   

No

66%

   

Yes

23%

   

Prefer not to say

11%

   

Sample Size: 992 UK Landlords

   
       

Region

No

Yes

Prefer not to say

Greater London

57%

34%

9%

North East

69%

28%

3%

West Midlands

69%

25%

6%

Wales

61%

24%

16%

North West

59%

24%

18%

Scotland

70%

23%

7%

The South West

62%

22%

16%

The South East

71%

20%

9%

East Of England

73%

18%

8%

East Midlands

70%

17%

13%

Northern Ireland

70%

15%

15%

Sample Size: 992 UK Landlords

       

Q3 - Have you wanted to but been unable to evict a tenant?

       

Answer

Totals

   

No

77%

   

Yes

12%

   

Prefer not to say

11%

   

Sample Size: 992 UK Landlords

   
       

Region

No

Yes

Prefer not to say

Northern Ireland

70%

20%

10%

Greater London

70%

17%

13%

Wales

66%

17%

17%

North West

73%

14%

13%

North East

81%

11%

8%

East Of England

82%

11%

7%

East Midlands

73%

10%

17%

The South West

74%

10%

16%

West Midlands

80%

10%

10%

The South East

84%

9%

7%

Scotland

87%

7%

6%

Sample Size: 992 UK Landlords

       

Tenant Survey

Q1 - Do you think the tenant eviction ban should have been reviewed and extended?

       

Answer

Total %

   

No

8%

   

Yes

76%

   

Prefer not to say

16%

   

Sample Size: 1,144 UK tenants

   
       

Region

No

Yes

Prefer not to say

East Midlands

7%

77%

16%

East Of England

4%

78%

18%

Greater London

8%

80%

11%

North East

11%

75%

14%

North West

7%

74%

18%

Northern Ireland

0%

88%

12%

Scotland

10%

79%

10%

The South East

8%

80%

12%

The South West

10%

68%

22%

Wales

14%

67%

19%

West Midlands

9%

75%

16%

Sample Size: 1,144 UK tenants

       

Q2 - Has your financial situation worsened because of the current pandemic?

       

Answer

Total %

   

No

46%

   

Yes

43%

   

Sample Size: 1,144 UK tenants

   
       
       

Region

No

Yes

Prefer not to say

Northern Ireland

19%

67%

15%

West Midlands

45%

50%

5%

East Midlands

43%

48%

10%

Greater London

42%

47%

11%

East Of England

46%

44%

10%

North West

47%

42%

12%

The South East

49%

42%

10%

Wales

43%

41%

15%

North East

45%

41%

14%

Scotland

50%

41%

9%

The South West

53%

37%

10%

Sample Size: 1,144 UK tenants

       

Q3 - Have you struggled to or failed to pay the rent because of your financial situation?

       

Answer

Total %

   

No

74%

   

Yes

18%

   

Prefer not to say

9%

   

Sample Size: 1,144 UK tenants

   
       

Region

No

Yes

Prefer not to say

Wales

60%

28%

12%

Northern Ireland

65%

27%

8%

Scotland

74%

21%

5%

West Midlands

72%

21%

8%

East Midlands

75%

20%

5%

The South West

75%

19%

7%

North West

71%

18%

11%

East Of England

71%

18%

12%

The South East

75%

15%

10%

Greater London

78%

13%

9%

North East

79%

11%

9%

Sample Size: 1,144 UK tenants






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