Thursday, 23 October 2014

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.

Readers' comments (34)

  • Chris

    What else would you expect after so many local authority homes have been plundered by the Right to Buy and so few homes for rents that people can afford built over the past 30 years. Newly evicted people will need several months to save up their private rent deposits and key money, agency fees and charges - that sounds like far longer than one night out on the streets.

    The Tories still point to the 1978 piles of rubbish on the streets and corpses in the morgues - yet now they have achieved keeping the rubbish sorted tidely into dozens of different coloured bins whilst looking to pile the poor onto the streets, alongside the corpses of those evicted the previous month. And then see them grinning at their achievement, knowing that there is no political force to oppose them.

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  • Melvin Bone

    The problem here is a balance is needed to ensure that tenants who withold rent for no reason or are troublesome to the degree they drive their neighbours to the edge of insanity are not allowed to stay in their properties.

    The Tories eh again Chris? It's like 13 years of Labour never happened. Remember we are currently reaping the problems created by 13 years of Blair & Brown.

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  • Chris

    Other than incompetence, would you care to explain the difference between a Tory and a Blairite Melvin?

    Note, my contribution related to the past 30-years, which seems to include those pink Tories you mention.

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  • Gavin Rider

    Chris - as always, why let facts get in the way of a good bleat, eh?

    According to St Mungo's report:

    "We found that nine out of ten of our clients who have been made homeless after an eviction had mental or physical health problems or drug or alcohol issues."

    "Our clients who have become homeless after being evicted also told us that they often didn’t understand what was happening, had ignored problems and wish that they had asked for help sooner."

    In other words, the fact that these people are being evicted has more to do with their addictions and other personal problems than it does with the price of their housing or the availability of help from the local authority.

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  • Gavin Rider

    Chris - how exactly do you think a true socialist administration of the kind that you clearly think is the solution to the ills of the world would respond any better to a tenant being evicted from a private rented property with no notice being given to the authority and without the tenant contacting such authority for help?

    Eh? Eh?

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  • Eh Gav- how exactly do you think private rented property would exist in a true socialist administration?

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  • Gavin Rider

    There is a difference between socialism and communism, Omega, and even communist countries like China have private landlords.

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  • Chris

    Quite so Omega - I seem to remember Gavin having one of his marathon 'debates' with Joe over private rented evictions - claiming that private landlords could not evict without notice (due process etc) yet now he appears to be Mr Flim Flam on the issue.

    FYI Gavin - any person, regardless of their mental capacity, needing to access private sector renting will need to fund their agency fees and costs, fund the deposit and the key money (not that it's called key money anymore as that would not be permitted), unless of course they were accessing the worst examples of private letting - the sort of money lender version operating outside of the more civilised rules.

    A truly socialist administration would restore social housing available and affordable to all Gavin - and wouldn't that just stick in your craw!

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  • C'mon Sense

    Chris -"A truly socialist administration would restore social housing available and affordable to all Gavin - and wouldn't that just stick in your craw!"

    But if they didn't pay their rent they would still end up being evicted, yes?

    But maybe your 'comrades' in power would do it nicely Like in Russia and China!

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  • Gavin Rider

    Chris - the discussion you refer to was about whether or not a tenant can be evicted by a private landlord without the tenant receiving notice. He cannot.

    You would find, if you learned to read properly, that I said above "with no notice being given to the authority". That is something completely different from the notice to quit that is served on a tenant.

    And as the St Mungo's document says in a quote from an evicted tenant:

    “I was evicted all of a sudden....All communication was done by letter, I didn’t understand what was happening. They didn’t offer me anything else, even though they’re a huge great big social landlord. And it took the council 48 hours to sort me out somewhere temporary – I lost some of my stuff because of the speed it all happened. I got very depressed, even felt suicidal.”

    So, it is not just evil private landlords that do this.

    Keep up, as Usain Bolt says.

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