Increase in the number of renters at risk of losing their home

  • Figures from a housing charity's helpline reveal that there has been a record rise in the number of calls for help taken from renters at risk of losing their homes. /images/rent_due.jpg

    Over 7,600 renters at risk of losing their home have called Shelter for advice in the last year, which is the equivalent of almost 150 callers a week, reports 24dash.

    Shelter has released these figures as part of its campaign to protect renters from ‘revenge evictions'.

    The charity's research has revealed that over 213,000 people have been served an eviction notice or have been evicted in the past year after they asked their private landlord to fix a problem in their home.

    Shelter is currently calling for stronger protection from eviction for renter who report bad condition in their home to their landlord or local authority.

    A YouGov survey of more than 4,500 private renters commissioned by Shelter highlighted how widespread bad conditions in rented homes have become. Over 40% reported problems with mould, while 25% were forced to live with a leaking roof or windows, and 16% have had electrical hazards.

    Nadeem Khan, a Shelter helpline adviser, said: "We're hearing from family after family who are living in fear that just one complaint to their landlord could lead to them being kicked out. That's why we're fighting to make sure that no one who asks for their property to be kept safe and decent has to worry about eviction. It's time now for the government to take action."

    Campbell Robb, Shelter's chief executive, said: "This is yet more evidence of the shocking reality that renters across the country are facing every day.  With soaring house prices pushing homeownership further out of reach, more of us are forced to set up home in rented properties that are expensive, insecure and often in poor conditions. Calls to our helpline from renters are soaring and revenge evictions are becoming all too common. Private renting is close to crisis point: this can't go on. No-one should lose their home for asking their landlord to fix a problem. The government has to protect England's nine million renters from unfair evictions."

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