11:27 AM, 11th May 2023, About 10 months ago 7
The homelessness charity Shelter has hit out at the government’s delayed publication of the Renters’ Reform Bill this week.
It says reform of the private rented sector is crucial because section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions have led to a 50% rise in threatened homelessness in a year.
But the figures being used are dubious at best since section 21 doesn’t ‘threaten homelessness’ and are used by landlords to regain possession of their property.
Most renters who receive a s21 notice will search for a new home to rent.
Pointing to government figures published this week, the charity says that 24,060 households in England were ‘threatened with homelessness’ after a section 21 was issued in 2022.
That is 50% higher than 2021’s figure but the ‘threat of homelessness’ does not mean the household will become homeless.
Shelter also says there were 290,330 households in England facing homelessness last year – a 6% rise from 2021.
Now the charity is calling for the ‘vital piece of legislation’ to be brought forward urgently so that ‘no renter can be unfairly evicted’.
Shelter says that the Renters’ Reform Bill will scrap section 21 evictions and close a ‘loophole’.
Polly Neate, Shelter’s chief executive, said: “For too long, struggling private tenants have been trapped in an insecure and unstable private rented sector with the constant worry of being one no-fault eviction notice away from homelessness.
“Every day our frontline services hear from desperate families who are facing the very real prospect of homelessness after an eviction.”
Ms Neate continued: “The cost-of-living crisis coupled with paying through the nose for insecurity and disrepair in the private rented sector where competition for rentals is fierce means that there are little to no options for tenants who are forced out of their homes.”
“Renters have been promised these reforms for four long years, they can’t wait any longer.
“The government must immediately bring forward the long-promised Renters’ Reform Bill which will scrap Section 21 no-fault evictions for good.”
Previous ArticleProposed EPC rules forcing thousands of landlords out of the PRS
Next ArticleRecord number of landlords are selling up - NRLA