15:41 PM, 16th March 2022, About 2 years ago 5
This week, ITV turns its attention to the Private Rented Sector in Britain’s most popular current affairs programme Tonight, Losing Your Home: the True Cost, featuring Landlord Action’s Paul Shamplina.
Tonight, which airs on Thursday 17 March at 8.30pm on ITV, is set to examine the Private Rented Sector where thousands of people risk losing their homes. The buy-to-let market has seen massive regulatory change, particularly during the pandemic with eviction suspensions and extended notice periods but, with the ban on bailiff-led evictions at an end and a growing cost of living crisis, there is a new wave of imminent evictions looming.
Paul Shamplina provides an exclusive insight into evictions and arrears by showing viewers the real-life eviction process as well as exposing the different elements that are causing the volume of possession claims to increase.
He takes along ITV’s Political Correspondent Daniel Hewitt as he serves notice to a number of tenants, including one tenant living at a property in Harrow who had significant rent arrears, and an eviction in Hounslow featuring a tenant in serious arrears.
Hewitt also speaks to families struggling to pay rising rents.
Paul comments: “Possession claims for 2021 stood at approximately 40,000, but with current challenges such as the rise in the cost of living, increased rents, shortage of stock and changes to the housing benefit system, I predict this figure will at least double and we will see 80,000 plus claims issued for 2022. Social housing providers are also starting to issues claims again after two years holding off evicting tenants, so numbers are going to be pushed right up.
“The Tonight programme really portrays the level of claims we’re seeing right now, provides the reality of how both landlords and tenants alike are struggling and looks at what the government can do to help with this tougher economy in 2022 and beyond.”
Watch Paul Shamplina on Tonight on ITV Thursday 17 at 8.30pm.
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