The government has warned landlords that they are still legally obligated to carry out urgent health and safety repairs.
However, it clarified that non-urgent repairs should be done at a later date, as agreed between tenants and landlords.
The government issued the following the guidance: “Landlords remain legally obligated to ensure properties meet the required standard – urgent, essential health and safety repairs should be made.
“An agreement for non-urgent repairs to be done later should be made between tenants and landlords.
“Local authorities are also encouraged to take a pragmatic, risk-based approach to enforcement.”
The government said it is committed to supporting landlords as well as tenants.
The statement added: “We have also agreed with lenders that they will ensure support is available where it is needed for landlords.
“Landlords will also be protected by a three-month mortgage payment holiday where they have buy-to-let mortgages.”