Tuesday, 04 August 2015

Renters would 'have to rough sleep' if evicted

One in five renters would have to sleep on the streets for the first night if evicted, according research published by a homelessness charity today.

A poll commissioned by St Mungo’s and carried out by research service ComRes, found 19 per cent of renters would have to sleep on the streets for a night if they had to leave their home. Four in 10 renters said they would not be able to find alternative accommodation if they had to leave their home. The figure for all tenures is 29 per cent of people.

The poll also found that 28 per cent of people would not know where to turn for help if forced to leave home. This figure rises to 35 per cent for 18 to 24 year olds.

The charity used the findings to call for more investment in emergency hostels. It said more prevention services are needed to help vulnerable people sustain their tenancies.

It also says eviction should be seen as a last resort by councils, housing associations and private landlords.

Paul Thomas, St Mungo’s regional director south and west, said: ‘We need to break the link between being evicted and ending up on the streets.

‘With so many people worried about the prospect of homelessness, being evicted from your home must be the absolutely last resort.’

ComRes interviewed 2,022 British adults online between 31 October and 1 November 2012.

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