A Labour MP has called for the ban on evictions to be extended until next year, as renters fear a sharp rise may take place once current restrictions are lifted next week.
The ban on new eviction proceedings against those renting should be extended for at least another 12 months and rent arrears abolished, according to former shadow chancellor John McDonnell.
The ex-frontbencher, who was in charge of Labour’s economic policy until the last general election in December 2019, called over the weekend for a long-term shake-up to “end landlordism and restore housing as a right”.
McDonnell said that he would like to see companies and trusts prevented from acquiring properties, while a legal limit on how many properties landlords can own should be introduced.
A ban on evictions due to the pandemic is to end on 24 August.
McDonnell commented: “Many people are becoming desperately worried that they will now face evictions.
“Housing should be a right for all, not an investment opportunity for a few.”
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: “The government is committed to ensure everyone has a safe place to live.
“New rules will require landlords to provide more information about their tenants’ situation... when seeking an eviction.”