Polly Neate – “It’s appalling that every seven minutes another private renter is slapped with a no-fault eviction notice”

Polly Neate – “It’s appalling that every seven minutes another private renter is slapped with a no-fault eviction notice”

8:47 AM, 27th April 2022, About 2 years ago 60

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Shelter’s latest one-sided propaganda continues to pile pressure on calls to ban Section 21 eviction notices with their press release stating:

“Every seven minutes a private renter in England is handed a Section 21 no-fault eviction notice by their landlord, new research from Shelter shows. This gives tenants just two months to leave their home and the landlord does not need to give any reason for evicting them.

Nearly 230,000 private renters have been served with a formal no-fault eviction notice since the government first committed to scrap this unfair form of eviction in April 2019. This is despite an eviction ban being in place for 14 months of this three-year period due to the pandemic.

Shelter is urging the government to deliver on its long overdue promise to scrap no-fault evictions as new figures from the charity’s YouGov poll reveal a quarter of all private renters (2.8 million people) have had three or more private rented homes in the last five years. The figure for renting families with children is one in five (320,000 families). Based on these findings and what it sees in its frontline services, Shelter is concerned about the destabilising impact on children of constantly having to move.

Losing a private tenancy is the second biggest cause of homelessness in England, and the cost-of-living crisis could push even more private renters to the brink. In the coming months, many renters could increasingly struggle to cover the cost of being forced to find a new home, like putting down a deposit or paying rent in advance, following a no-fault eviction.

In the Queen’s Speech next month, Shelter wants the government to honour its pledge to deliver a Renters’ Reform Bill this year to make private renting fairer and safer for all. The bill must include banning Section 21 no-fault evictions to give renters greater security in their homes.”

Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Shelter, said: “It’s appalling that every seven minutes another private renter is slapped with a no-fault eviction notice despite the government promising to scrap these grossly unfair evictions three years ago. It’s no wonder many renters feel forgotten.

“Millions of private renters are living in limbo, never truly able to settle, in case their landlord kicks them out on a whim. It’s a well-founded fear as our frontline services support renters all the time who are scrambling to find a home after being told to up sticks with just two months’ notice.

“With inflation and bills skyrocketing, renters desperately need a secure home as many will struggle to stump up the costs of having to move unexpectedly. To give private renters stability during a time of deep uncertainty, the government must introduce a Renters’ Reform Bill that bans no-fault evictions this year. Anything less would be a kick in the teeth for England’s 11 million private renters.”

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9:03 AM, 27th April 2022, About 2 years ago

Of course, Shelters campaigning to scrap Sec.21 so making it far more difficult to evict hasn't led to more Landlords to exitting the PRS and ISSUING SEC.21's IN ORDER TO SELL!!!!!


9:27 AM, 27th April 2022, About 2 years ago

I am one of the GOOD landlords that are selling before Section 21 is removed. The risks are now too high. I have been selling as tenants leave but will sell the remainder of my portfolio after issuing Section 21 notices.

Property is the only asset that attracts additional tax when buying or renting and now we may not be able to sell when we need to.

Now looking forward to a hassle free retirement.

Seething Landlord

9:37 AM, 27th April 2022, About 2 years ago

Another classic example of selective use of data combined with emotive rhetoric. What it boils down to is that up to a quarter of tenants have moved several times in the last five years, implying that this is because they have been evicted by evil landlords when most of them have probably done so of their own free will.

Why does anyone listen to their incoherent propaganda?

Martin Roberts

9:52 AM, 27th April 2022, About 2 years ago

I’m wondering if some of these are the same bad tenants being evicted more than once for unacceptable behaviour.


10:02 AM, 27th April 2022, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Martin Roberts at 27/04/2022 - 09:52
In my 20 years as a Landlord and hundreds of tenants, it has been less than 1% that have been issued an eviction notice. Not one of them without a valid reason. Most section 21 as it was less confrontational and only 3 section 8 notices after Section 21 was ignored.

I no longer tell anyone what I do as LL's are not viewed in a good light due to the bad press. I provide good homes to those in need but now viewed as a bad greedy person. Had enough!

Judith Wordsworth

10:03 AM, 27th April 2022, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Carol at 27/04/2022 - 09:27
Me too

Judith Wordsworth

10:04 AM, 27th April 2022, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Carol at 27/04/2022 - 10:02
Me too. Out bar the one my daughter is now living in

Happy Landlord

10:18 AM, 27th April 2022, About 2 years ago

Ms Neate, What a one sided load of tosh - typical of shelter. I have tried to discuss with shelter but they really are not listening. Do they really think that landlords want to evict tenants - look at the big picture; its caused by government legislation and stupid actions by the civil servants and enacted by an equally stupid government who has no idea of real life - I think they may be in for a shock at the polls next week!!. The whole point of being a landlord is to provide good housing, something that Shelter has never done, and make a little bit of money at the end of it. Too much legislation stops both of these actions. For the first time in 25 years I am now looking to evict my tenants and sell all my houses something I have always said that I would never do - that is another 30 families on the street but I cannot take the risk of not being able to remove a bad tenant without a lot of cost and hassle, that plus all of this zero carbon emission cost which is coming down the track does not just make the houses neutral cost wise but will actually make me bankrupt - what is the point? If a landlord makes a little bit of money and provides decent housing for his tenants there is no way that a landlord is going to evict a good tenant - its quite clear that the culture in Westminster has been one of booze how can anyone make an informed decision if its through the bottom of a bottle - in central or local government you have to be seen to act responsibly and this lot are not doing anything like behaving sensibly - they are giving Shelter and generation rent all the ammunition they need to destroy the PRS which it turn is going to make thousands of tenants homeless - we get the blame but it is central government and their left wing civil servants who are the real culprits here. The whole system needs a proper overhaul where the PRS landlords are actually appreciated for doing what the government is clearly incapable of doing.

Monty Bodkin

10:40 AM, 27th April 2022, About 2 years ago


Shelter is the second best publicly funded organisation outside government at £15.2 million.

Eileen Grace

10:43 AM, 27th April 2022, About 2 years ago

No fault divorce is praised and encouraged.
Does Polly Neate prefer e.g. non payment of rent to be made public.

Would Shelter be more productive if they focussed on helpimg councils manage obligations for those facing eviction?

Would Shelter's reserves be better utilised supporting those who are waiting out the arrival of bailiffs with at least eight weeks notice.

Can Property 118 have their barrister scrutinise Shelter's compliance to theircharitable status?

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