Abta believes agents and operators will "breathe a sigh of relief" after the UK government extended the ban on property evictions, but will still be "gravely concerned" about their financial future.
Chief executive Mark Tanzer said the industry had been "effectively shut down" due to the Covid crisis, and reiterated his call for the government to recognise the "unique" situation facing agents and operators.
"These businesses are about to be asked to make a 10% contribution to wages of furloughed staff and pay a third of business rates when it is government measures that are stopping them generating income," said Tanzer.
"The government needs to take action to stop more people losing their jobs and businesses going under, by keeping furlough and business rates costs as they are."
Tanzer also called for the government to provide targeted grants for the sector, a key demand of the association ahead of next Wednesday’s travel day of action (23 June).