Charity warns of pre-Olympic evictions
Landlords in east London are evicting tenants and hiking up rents ahead of the Olympic Games this summer.
This is according to anecdotal evidence from housing and homelessness charity Shelter.
The charity has set up special advice services in Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets especially for tenants who have problems in the private rented sector because of the games. It also has a general housing service in Newham with Citizens Advice.
Tenants have approached the services saying they have been evicted with them little time to leave or had their rents put up to unaffordable levels.
Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: ‘Londoners living in the Olympic boroughs are already suffering from increasingly unaffordable rents, a lack of stability and a minority of rogue landlords who exploit the high demand for homes in the capital.
‘Increasingly we are seeing signs that the Olympics are exacerbating these problems, with some landlords looking to evict tenants and re-let their homes to Olympic visitors, without any guarantee that they will be filled.’
He said the problem was caused by a lack of affordable homes, and that the government should prioritise and invest in housing.