News: Lifting of eviction ban “beginning of the end for many renters” - claim

Wed, 02 Jun 21

Campaigning charity Shelter says the lifting of the bailiff-enforced eviction ban, which happened over the weekend, is “the beginning of the end for many renters facing homelessness.”

Polly Neate, the charity chief executive, says: “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 waiver 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 says its “damning new research” suggests 22 per cent of private renting adults in England are worried they will lose or be asked to leave their current home at short notice.

And 40 per cent say their experience of finding and trying to keep a home makes them worry about finding another home in the future.


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