Shelter warns of cost of living consequences

Shelter warns of cost of living consequences

8:19 AM, 11th February 2022, About 3 months ago 6

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Shelter warns in their latest press release that more renters are likely to get into financial difficulty in the coming months as living costs continue to rise. New government figures show that 14,123 landlords in England started court proceedings to evict tenants from their properties between October and December 2021, up by 43% on the previous quarter.

Shelter goes on to say: Private landlords are now starting as many court proceedings to evict tenants as they did before the pandemic. A total of 9,410 claims were made to court against tenants in the final quarter of 2021, compared to 9,676 in the same period in 2019.

The eviction ban helped keep many renters safe in their homes during the pandemic. Now this protection has gone, evictions are picking up and renters, who faced job losses and furlough, are struggling even more.

With its emergency helpline already under pressure, Shelter is warning that there will be a further wave of evictions to come as the living cost crisis bites.

Extensive polling, which was carried out for the charity by YouGov in November-December 2021, found that 275,000 private renting households had received an eviction notice in the previous month or were behind on their rent. This is equivalent to one in 17 private renting households being in real danger of losing their home this winter.

The living cost crisis is taking an increasing toll on households. 45% of private renters are more worried about becoming homeless because of the current economic situation and living costs.

Many renters are being forced to choose between putting food on the table, heating their homes or paying their rent. The charity’s poll of private renters found that:

  • Nearly a quarter (24%) were behind on their rent or constantly struggling to pay it.

  • Nearly a third (32%) had to cut back on food for them or their partner in the previous month.

  • One in six (17%) had fallen behind on paying their energy bills in the previous month.

Now that Covid protections, such as the eviction ban and £20 boost to Universal Credit are gone, and rising inflation and energy are bills surging, the charity is bracing itself to help people with nowhere else to turn.

Osama Bhutta, Director of Campaigns at Shelter, said: “Right now, huge numbers of eviction notices are dropping on doormats across the country, and our services are working round the clock to help as many people as possible keep the bailiffs at bay.

“The reality is though that thousands more people are at risk of eviction. Soaring inflation and rocketing energy bills may be the final straw for many renters struggling to keep a roof over their heads. Many have no savings at all, and increasingly some are being forced to choose between feeding their families, heating their homes, or paying their rent.

“While government measures, like the £65 million rent arrears fund, will help some, it won’t be enough to protect every family who is barely hanging onto their home. It’s time the government gave renters the financial lifeline they need by boosting support and reversing the damaging welfare cuts that have left people on the brink of destitution. In the meantime, we’ll continue to do everything we can at Shelter to support as many people as possible during these tough times.”



Comments

by Ian Narbeth

10:05 AM, 11th February 2022, About 3 months ago

Would it kill Shelter to say: "It's important that landlords receive the rent that renters have agreed to pay. Landlords cannot be expected to pay their mortgages and provide for themselves whilst forgoing thousands of pounds of income indefinitely."?

by David Price

10:10 AM, 11th February 2022, About 3 months ago

"It’s time the government gave renters the financial lifeline they need by boosting support and reversing the damaging welfare cuts that have left people on the brink of destitution."
At last Shelter seem to have a grasp on the problem, realistic Housing Benefit combined with direct payment to landlords and much of the eviction crisis would disappear.

by Chris wood

12:58 PM, 11th February 2022, About 3 months ago

Over the past 10 years progressive governmnets have made it more and more complex in renting out property in the residential market. Add to that many of the councils have introduced licensing schemes to more and more properties which further costs landlords in money and time. Covid put a stop to evictions and although they have started again how long before S21 is scrapped as the government is proposing without giving landlords any guarantee that there will be an avenue to get tenants out should the landlord need to sell. All in all renting out property has become more and more complex and it's getting to the stage where there is little attraction to the single or few rental properties private landlords, it being only possibe to dedicated professional landlords with large property portfolios who can devote time and professionalism to the raft of legislation.
I see further deterioration and the private rental sector resulting in fewer properties becoming availalble. This will not help the housing crisis but just furher add to it in my opinion.

Chris Wood.

by Old Mrs Landlord

14:32 PM, 11th February 2022, About 3 months ago

How long before these landlords who have lost rent over the past two years and others are prosecuted for condensation mould because tenants aren't heating and ventilating their homes? Shelter previously reported that because of high rents a third of tenants struggled to heat their homes but somehow this it is always the landlords' fault. No-one seems to put two and two together on this issue, except of course the landlord who has had experience of a succession of tenants in the affected property.

by DSR

14:45 PM, 11th February 2022, About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Old Mrs Landlord at 11/02/2022 - 14:32
...and those 'claims' of mould etc are only going to get worse.,..to expensive to put the heating on and of course open the windows to let fresh air in isn't going to happen either...

It gets to something when you do a LL check and take photos of closed windows, elec and gas consumption reads ONLY to prove that the heating isn't being used and ventilation not taking place for fear of being accused of something you have absolutely no control over further down the line.

by Mick Roberts

12:20 PM, 13th February 2022, About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Ian Narbeth at 11/02/2022 - 10:05
Great words again Ian.
I'll add mine here & don't mind anyone using 'em when talking to Shelter, Councils, Govt, MP etc.

This is nothing to Benefit landlords in Nottingham. I'd have a license to print money if I wasn't loyal to my tenants. I'm stuck with em for life. But I can't go on forever and the Govt & Councils instead of constantly attacking us with more regs and costs which then ends up in more expensive rent, should be coming to us and saying
Mick, what can we do for u that is going to make u not sell all your houses and what can we do to entice more landlords in as we in the crap here, our hostels are full too and not emptying.
We're sorry we wanted all your 50 year old houses to have New build standards, we din't realise that would result in impossible rents for benefit tenants.


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