Landlords, tenants and Covid-19

Covid-19 is making things tough for businesses around the UK.

Some people are facing real hardship. Many have lost their jobs or are on lower wages.

At times like these, paying rent or making mortgage repayments can be difficult – or even impossible.

One fifth of people in the UK rent their home. And both landlords and tenants are feeling the crunch.

Preventing homelessness

But the Government is taking steps to stop renters becoming homeless due to Covid-19.

Compulsory face coverings on public transport

What you need to know

In England, most people now need to wear a face covering while using public transport.

Face coverings can help to reduce the spread of Covid-19. They are most important when people are indoors or close to each other, when the virus can spread easily.

The risks on public transport are high. People cannot always stay 2 metres apart.

If possible, avoid public transport. Walk, cycle or drive instead. And, of course, work from home if you can.

Weddings and Covid-19: Your consumer rights

With a few exceptions, weddings aren’t taking place at present in England and Wales because of Covid-19. This has left thousands of couples disappointed and, in some cases, out of pocket.

The Government is looking into allowing smaller weddings as the lockdown eases. But many don’t know if their 2020 wedding plans can go ahead.

Reopening a business during the coronavirus outbreak

People should work from home as much as they can during the coronavirus outbreak.

But some businesses can only run from their premises. They must take steps to keep staff safe. If they don't, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) can get involved.

Before they reopen, businesses should share a risk assessment with staff.

Businesses vary and need different measures. But some are the same for all.

Making a will

There's no denying it: Making a will is a sobering business. But, at the end of the day, for most of us, it's about taking care of our loved ones. 

More than half of British adults don’t have a will. And maybe that's because we don't like thinking about what things will be like without us. 

Even though the coronavirus means people are social distancing, it’s still possible to make a will.

Meetings with legal advisers can take place online or over the phone.

Your guide to furlough

Help for employers during the coronavirus

Coronavirus is having a significant impact on businesses in the UK. Many have had to suddenly close or reduce their services.

For some, the pandemic has led to total closure. For others, it has led to a fall in demand.

To help, the government has put in place support to protect jobs, including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Through the furlough scheme, businesses can grant staff a leave of absence and reclaim up to 80% of their wages.

Our top tips on LGBTQ+ legal rights during lockdown

UK laws have changed a lot in recent years to make sure you are treated fairly, regardless of your sexual orientation or your gender.

In the UK the Equality Act makes it illegal to treat a person unfairly because of their sexual orientation, their sex or because they are transgender. Lots of our other laws have been updated to give LGBTQ+ people the same rights as anyone else. Such as the rules about marriage and civil partnerships, and laws to prevent hate crimes.

Moving home during Covid-19

Have you been trying to buy or sell your property? If so, steps to combat the spread of coronavirus will have impacted your ability to move things along.

On 13 May, the Government changed the rules: Home buyers (and renters) can now move. But they must follow the latest guidance.

Meeting people will still be hard. For now, everyone needs to look for ways to avoid physical meetings.

Salaries and sickness: It pays to know the legal position

Public health crises like the coronavirus pandemic can move fast. Our jobs and workplaces are often the first things that change.

Your health comes first. If you self-isolate or feel unwell, the world of work can seem far away.

But we all have bills to pay. For many of us, the biggest worry is what will happen to our pay.

Here are some things we think are good to know about your rights if you have to take time off work or your job situation changes.

Your salary

Many businesses are working as usual. Their employees are being paid as usual.