A YouGov Poll, on behalf of a homelessness charity found 227,000 adult private renters (3%) have fallen into arrears since the coronavirus lockdown began.

This puts the total number of private renters in arrears at 442,000 (5%), which is double what it was in the same period last year. The poll had responsees from 1,058 private renters in England, estimates are calculated based on the total number of private renters in the UK.

The government confirmed that it would not be extending the COVID-19 ban on evictions past the 23 August deadline.

In Law, if tenants accrue 8 weeks arrears, they can be evicted using Ground 8 of Section 8 when the ban lifts. All tenants on assured shorthold tenancies are at risk of eviction if the fixed-term tenancy period in their contract has ended.