10:04 AM, 1st June 2021, About A year ago 7
Shelter claims the lifting of the current ban on evictions by bailiffs on the 1st of June will leave thousands of private renters across England facing eviction this summer. Shelter has released new research on insecurity in the PRS it claims to show:
1.8 million private renting adults in England (22%) are worried they will lose or be asked to leave their current home at short notice.
3.2 million private renting adults in England (40%) say their experience of finding and trying to keep a home makes them worry about finding another home in the future.
Previous research carried out by the charity at the end of November 2020 revealed 445,000 private renting adults in England were in arrears at the time or had been threatened with eviction by their landlord or letting agent in the past month.
Shelter is warning the government must take urgent action now to protect renters against the imminent threat of eviction and homelessness with a package of emergency financial aid. But to protect renters long-term, Shelter says the government must address the structural failings of the private rental system through its forthcoming Renters’ Reform Bill.
Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, said:
“The lifting of the eviction ban signals the beginning of the end for many renters facing homelessness. Thousands of people will wake up on the 1st of June knowing they’ll soon be kicked out of their home, with nowhere to go.
“The ban has been a lifeline for private renters who have weathered job losses, falling incomes and rising debts in this pandemic. But what happens now? Longer notice periods, while they last, will give some worried renters valuable time. But come September, anyone facing eviction will have just weeks to find somewhere else to live.
“The government needs to do more to stem the tide of rising evictions. It cannot waver from delivering a Renters’ Reform Bill that scraps Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions altogether. And in the meantime, it must offer renters with crippling Covid-arrears a package of financial aid.”
Shelter commissioned YouGov to conduct an online survey among 13,268 adults (18+) in Great Britain, to ask them about their home and housing experiences. Fieldwork was undertaken between 6 – 14 April 2021, and the figures have been weighted to be representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).
This analysis is based on 1,999 private renters living in England who responded to the survey. Shelter has combined these survey results from YouGov with English Housing Survey estimates of adults in the private rented sector to provide an estimate of the number of adults affected by each of the issues raised by respondents.
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