I’ve spent all of my rent money buying household essentials in case I can’t get out because of Coronavirus – if I can’t pay rent can I be evicted?

The government has said that landlords will not be able to start eviction proceedings for at least the next three months. The best thing to do is work out how to get our rent account back up to date as soon as possible.

We might need to look at our budget and see what we can save, so we can offer to pay off a little each week over a few months. Even if evictions don’t happen now, the courts could swing into overdrive once the government gives the green light and we just don’t need that hassle.

For Universal Credit claimants, landlords might try to recover unpaid rent direct from the government, which means even lower benefit payments each month.

More from Shelter here: https://england.shelter.org.uk/housing_advice/coronavirus#Rent_payment_problems