An eviction notice is served on older tenants EVERY 16 minutes – Shelter claims

An eviction notice is served on older tenants EVERY 16 minutes – Shelter claims

9:42 AM, 6th September 2023, About 10 months ago 21

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Shelter claims that tenants over the age of 55 are being served with a section 21 ‘no fault’ eviction notice EVERY 16 minutes.

Its latest anti-landlord onslaught is being used to urge the government to scrap s21 evictions as part of its Renters (Reform) Bill.

The charity says that s21 is harming the health of older tenants but there is currently no timetable for the Bill to progress through Parliament.

Shelter’s research points to 7% of renters over the age of 55 being handed an eviction notice in the last three years.

‘Seeing increasing levels of homelessness’

Polly Neate, Shelter’s chief executive, said: “If the government continues to delay this essential legislation that they’ve been promising, I might add for years, what we’re going to be seeing is increasing levels of homelessness.

“In fact, that’s what we’re already seeing.

“And what today’s research shows is that this is going to be affecting older people, very acutely.

“And that’s something that I think the government isn’t necessarily fully aware of.”

She added: “And maybe some of those MPs, who think they may be trying to delay this legislation might wake up and take notice when they realise the level of misery that this delay is causing.

“Tenants are tired of waiting for a system that makes private renting safe and fair for all.”

20% of tenants in England are over 55

Shelter says that nearly 20% of tenants in England are over 55 – that’s up 31% in the last 10 years.

And the equivalent of 90 older tenants per day – or one every 16 minutes – is receiving an eviction notice.

The research also shows that a third of tenants over 55 are living in fear of being evicted – that’s around 400,000 tenants.

The abolition of Section 21

The chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association, Ben Beadle, said that the abolition of Section 21 will only ‘solve the security issue for a small cohort of people’.

He told Sky News that the answer is to provide more houses for rent.

He said: “We’ll still be stuck with the same number of houses unless the government comes up with different types of incentives to encourage people to bring their properties to the market.

“That’s ultimately what we need.

“So, by all means, government can get on and scrap Section 21, providing the alternative works and gives confidence to responsible landlords.

“But at the end of the day, it’s actually not going to help renters as much as some would purport.”

‘Higher quality private rented sector’

A spokesperson from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities said: “The Renters (Reform) Bill currently going through parliament will deliver a fairer, more secure, and higher quality private rented sector.

“It will abolish Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions to deliver the government’s commitment to a better deal for renters and landlords – improving the system for responsible tenants and good landlords.”


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Teessider

9:53 AM, 6th September 2023, About 10 months ago

We need to understand WHY landlords are serving Section 21 notices before we can suggest remedies. If they are being served because the landlord wishes to sell, the RRB does nothing to help.

Serving Section 21 does NOT increase homelessness. It makes one family homeless and releases a property for another family to call their home. The net effect is zero.

What does increase homelessness is a burgeoning population. We are not allowed to mention why the population is increasing.

Mick Roberts

10:02 AM, 6th September 2023, About 10 months ago

If a Landlord has issued a Section 21, he she clearly wants their house back. For whatever reason. What is wrong with that?
They want it back. There is a reason. And somehow are getting it back. Why make it harder?
Cause the harder u make it, u then gonna' have no houses in the first place to give these people.
And no houses for these people to move to when the Landlord wants it back.

What are Shelter & Generation rent not understanding about this? Every time they talk like this, they make another 1000 people homeless.

Martin Thomas

10:26 AM, 6th September 2023, About 10 months ago

And 93% of renters over the age of 55 HAVEN'T received a S21 notice in the past 3 years!
And where did they get the 7% figure from in the first place? Extrapolated from a sample of half a dozen contacts perhaps?

Mick Roberts

10:38 AM, 6th September 2023, About 10 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Martin Thomas at 06/09/2023 - 10:26
Great figures putting it in the truth.

Teessider

10:45 AM, 6th September 2023, About 10 months ago

When homeowners move house, there are no voids. You move in on the day that the previous owners move out. Simple.

With renting, there is typically a void period. This is because the move out date isn’t guaranteed until the tenants leave, the keys are returned and a surrender document is signed. Then, there is the unknown length of time required to make the property suitable to let. Potentially time-consuming repairs and copious amounts of cleaning followed by the search for new tenants. The new tenants need to give notice to their current landlord or pay for two homes during the transition period. All of this means that rental properties remain empty, often for months, between tenants.

With average tenancies being around 4 years, if the average void was 2 months then that’s more than 4% of rental capacity wasted.

We need a system whereby move out dates are set in stone. Just like completion dates when houses are bought. We also need tenants to move in and allow repairs and cleaning to be done after they move in - just as homeowners need to do whenever they move.

Failing that, we need to change the owner vs renting ratio in order to improve property usage.

NewYorkie

10:53 AM, 6th September 2023, About 10 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Martin Thomas at 06/09/2023 - 10:26
'... the equivalent of 90 older tenants...' What does that actually mean?

Martin Hicks

11:04 AM, 6th September 2023, About 10 months ago

I imagine that 7% may be an average rate for all age demographics?

Seething Landlord

11:50 AM, 6th September 2023, About 10 months ago

Polly Neate is a master of spin. She will never allow objective analysis of the data to get in the way of a good headline.

Ian Narbeth

12:38 PM, 6th September 2023, About 10 months ago

Saying that s21 is the cause of homelessness is like saying being sacked is the cause of unemployment. It misses the bigger picture that there is a reason for it.
If Ben Beadle said: "We’ll still be stuck with the same number of houses unless the government comes up with different types of incentives to encourage people to bring their properties to the market" he missed an opportunity to say that there may very well be even fewer houses to rent as some landlords withdraw from the market.
Far from helping tenants as a whole, I believe the Renters Reform Bill will harm tenants by pushing up rents and making landlords be more choosy about tenants with less than perfect references. Nobody wins from this. Landlords lose, tenants lose and the Tories will lose votes at the next General Election.

Barnaby Trystram

13:38 PM, 6th September 2023, About 10 months ago

The biggest single issue facing landlords is that it has a weak mouthpiece when it comes to lobbying. It needs a highly organised privately funded company to lobby against the likes of Shelter on these issues. Property118? How about it. I would donate.

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