Private renters who complain to their landlord about problems at their rental property, including issues such as damp and mould, are almost twice as likely to be evicted within six months compared to those that say nothing, according to a new report by Citizens Advice.
The charity estimates that about 141,000 tenants have been affected since laws attempting to ban revenge evictions were introduced in 2015.
Gillian Guy, chief executive of the charity, believes that the “well-intentioned laws” created to put an end to ‘revenge evections’ have failed and that “a new fix is needed”.
A fresh study by Citizens Advice found that tenants who had received a Section 21 “no-fault eviction” notice were five times more likely to have gone to their local authority and eight times more likely to have complained to a redress scheme.
A government consultation on proposals to introduce minimum three-year tenancies in the private rental sector closes at the end of the month, and Citizens Advice supports the idea.
It wants three-year tenancies to include limits on rent rises to prevent landlords from effectively evicting tenants through pricing them out, no break clause at six months, and allowing tenants to leave contracts early if the landlord does not uphold legal responsibilities.
Guy commented: “The chance of a family being evicted from their home for complaining about a problem shouldn’t carry the same odds as the toss of a coin.”