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Help struggling tenants weather end of Covid eviction ban, urges poverty charity

Joseph Rowntree Foundation fears ‘two-tier recovery’ with homeowners receiving more support than renters during pandemic

The UK government is being urged to commit more cash to support struggling renters as the end of a Covid ban on evictions puts nearly half a million tenants at risk of losing their homes.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) said the government had been setting the country up for a “two-tier recovery” by prioritising wealthier homebuyers, who have benefited from a stamp duty holiday tax break, over poorer renters who have fared significantly worse throughout the pandemic.

A study, commissioned by the charity and conducted by YouGov, found that the end of the eviction ban could result in about 400,000 households being told to leave their homes after receiving eviction notices or warnings from their landlords.

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