Tenants’ union Acorn is demanding rent suspensions and calling for repossession proceedings to start from scratch as it warns of an “eviction boom” once the coronavirus crisis is over.
The group, which regularly protests outside agency offices, has launched a petition calling for further measures to protect renters.
The Government is being urged to fulfil its commitment to scrap Section 21 notices and do so immediately to avoid an eviction boom at the end of the emergency period.
It also suggests the buy-to-let mortgage holiday for landlords should go hand-in-hand with a rent suspension.
The Acorn petition said: “Nothing has been done to protect renters from getting into rent arrears.
“The Government has said that landlords and tenants should agree repayment plans but have not legislated for this and have given renters no security on this.
“Renters remain at the whim of landlords.”