Crisis, a national charity for homeless people, is calling on the government to do more to help renters facing homelessness due to eviction.
The existing eviction ban in England and Wales will be suspended on Sunday 23 August after an initial ban was introduced in March amid the growing coronavirus pandemic.
But with just days left until the protection expires, Crisis is urging the government to step in and protect people from losing their properties.
The latest government figures reveal that 4,740 households were left facing homelessness after being served a section 21 eviction notice during the first quarter of the year. This is a 24% increase on the previous quarter.
Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, said: “Since March, the temporary eviction ban has protected thousands of renters from losing their home, allowing them to isolate safely and protect their health during this pandemic. What we face now is a backlog of evictions from earlier in the year as the ban lifts and the courts begin to processing these previous claims, alongside a potential wave of new evictions as the economic impact of the pandemic starts to bite.
“Many renters will have lost their job in recent months, will be struggling to make ends meet and having to leave their rented home will force them further to the brink of homelessness.
“To protect renters up and down the country from being swept into homelessness, we need the Westminster government to introduce emergency legislation making sure that judges will have the power to ensure that no one is unfairly evicted.
“Alongside this, we must protect those facing crippling financial pressure and provide them with additional financial support if they are facing rent arrears. We must us use this opportunity to protect those facing homelessness.”