Thousands of tenants facing eviction without rent arrears
A charity has found that the number of private sector tenants are facing eviction despite being up to date with rent is growing.
Citizen’s Advice Bureau has said it’s seen a 38% increase in arrear-free tenants being threatened with eviction, with 5,000 cases in 2013/14 which is up from 3,750 the year before, reports Inside Housing.
The Bureau said landlords are trying to remove tenants due to them wanting to cash in on rising property prices and sell the home. Landlords are also accused of hiking rents to unaffordable levels, or evicting tenants who ask for repairs.
Evicition by private landlords has been the most common cause of homelessness for CAB clients with one in ten of the 80,000 problems with homelessness which CAB saw in the last year.
Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said: ‘Tenants are being treated as cash cows as a chronic housing shortage pushes up prices and forces renters out of their homes.
‘Competition for properties means that tenants are easy to replace, increasing insecurity for people trying to create a home in the private rented sector.’
Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said: “Tenants are being treated as cash cows as a chronic housing shortage pushes up prices and forces renters out of their homes. Competition for properties means that tenants are easy to replace, increasing insecurity for people trying to create a home in the private rented sector.”
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