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A man walks past posters encouraging people to have faith during the coronavirus outbreak in London, Britain, April 30, 2020. (Xinhua/Han Yan)

"Many renters are just one pay cheque away from homelessness. It's completely unacceptable that London renters should be facing a ticking timebomb where they could lose their home."

"Ministers still have an opportunity to steer us away from this cliff edge and avoid inflicting needless suffering on renters across the country, but they must act now."

LONDON, May 28 (Xinhua) -- London Mayor Sadiq Khan warned Thursday many of London's private renters are facing the risk of imminent homelessness, calling on the British government to protect them from eviction.

"Many renters are just one pay cheque away from homelessness. It's completely unacceptable that London renters should be facing a ticking timebomb where they could lose their home...Ministers still have an opportunity to steer us away from this cliff edge and avoid inflicting needless suffering on renters across the country, but they must act now," said Khan.

People walk past a closed shop in Regent Street in London, Britain, May 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Han Yan)

In March, the government suspended evictions for three months to stop renters losing their homes during the crisis, and the ban to protect households that have been unable to pay rent during the crisis will expire next month.

"Almost a third of Londoners rent privately and COVID-19 has underlined the precariousness of their situation. Many are on lower incomes, have little or no savings and may have had to reduce or stop work due to the pandemic. This means that many households may be in a position where they cannot afford to pay their rent," said the City Hall, headquarters of the Greater London Authority, in a statement. ■

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