Homeless Charity Spells Out Fears For Future Of Private Rental Sector Tenants

27 August 2012 Categories: News

Homeless Charity Spells Out Fears For Future Of Private Rental Sector Tenants

Homeless charity, Crisis, has spoken out about their fears for the future regarding homelessness after recent figures showed the number of court ordered evictions for private rental sector tenants had increased by nearly 70% when compared to the number submitted three years ago. During the last twelve months over 36,000 landlords have been granted a court ordered eviction notice whereas 3 years ago this figure stood at just 21,000.

According to the director of policy at Crisis, Duncan Shrubsole, recent official figures also show that the number of private tenants having to approach their local council and declare themselves homeless rose by 42% between the start of 2009 and the end of 2011, the main reason for which was rent arrears that couldn’t be rectified.

Mr Shrubsole commented on the findings, saying “Sadly it is no surprise that we are seeing tens of thousands of private tenants facing eviction.

“They face a dreadful combination of high unemployment and underemployment, draconian cuts to housing benefit and soaring rents. Our concern is that many of these people will have nowhere to turn, and end up falling victim to homelessness. In fact the Government’s own statistics point to this already happening.”

He then went on to say “We are calling on the Government to rethink cuts to housing benefit that will inevitably leave increasing numbers of people unable to pay the rent.”