Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Private rented sector evictions rise 70 per cent

The number of private tenants evicted has risen 70 per cent over the past three years, according to analysis by homelessness charity Crisis.

The charity for single homeless people looked at data from the Ministry of Justice between July to June in the past three years.

Over the past year 36,211 landlords had been granted a court order to evict their tenants, Crisis found. That was 12 per cent higher than the previous 12 months and 70 per cent more than the 21,351 court orders granted three years ago.

Duncan Shrubsole, director of policy at Crisis, said: ‘Tens of thousands of private tenants face a dreadful combination of high unemployment and underemployment, draconian cuts to housing benefit yet rents are soaring.

‘Our concern is that many of these people will have nowhere to turn, and end up falling victim to homelessness. In fact government’s own statistics point to this already happening.’

Crisis is calling on the government to rethink cuts to housing benefit, he added.

He also pointed to the recent findings from the National Landlords Association that just under half (49 per cent) of 546 landlords surveyed online in June experienced rental arrears over the past 12 months, while 37 per cent were worried about arrears over the coming months.

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