The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) are calling for a clear statement from government in response to campaigners’ calls for rent payments to be stopped during the coronavirus crisis.
NRLA said that an increasing number of landlords are contacting the association reporting that tenants are under the impression they no longer have to pay rent due to the pandemic.
As a result, it is now asking government to clarify its guidance; that rents should continue to be paid where possible.
Groups including the National Union of Students are also campaigning for rent breaks for tenants.
Ben Beadle, chief executive of the NRLA, said: “The mortgage repayment holiday is only available for landlords who are struggling to make their payments because their tenants are unable to pay part or all of their rent as a direct result of the coronavirus and through no fault of their own.
“It is not an automatic payment holiday and landlords who successfully apply still have to make these payments later on. It is not a grant.
“What it does allow is that where a tenant is having genuine difficulty in meeting their rent payment because of a loss of income, landlords have much greater flexibility to agree a mutually acceptable plan with the tenant to defer the rent due.
“This is not a green light to tenants everywhere to stop paying their rent.”