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Shelter demands ‘extra powers to stop renters being evicted’

Shelter is calling for greater protection for renters facing financial difficulties. 

The extended ban on evictions announced on Friday will not be enough to prevent a hike in homelessness without urgent emergency measures to protect renters, according to the housing charity. 

Shelter says that the number of private tenants in England who have fallen behind on rent has already doubled during the coronavirus crisis, as many people face financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. 


A third of calls from private renters to its emergency helpline since March were from people concerned about losing their current home, while 42% were considered at risk of homelessness.

Shelter estimates that around 174,000 renters have so far been warned by their landlord that they are facing eviction, while up to 58,000 people have moved out after being asked to leave during lockdown. 

Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, commented: “The government must not waste this precious time that it has bought itself.”

He added: “Once parliament resumes, judges must be given extra powers to stop renters losing their homes because of rent arrears caused by coronavirus. 

“And longer term, we desperately need major reforms to make renting fairer, affordable and more secure.”

Crisis also wants the government to create a longer term solution by addressing the issue rather than simply further extending the ban.

Matt Downie, director of policy at Crisis, told the press: “This is not the first time that we’ve had to reach the 11th hour to find out whether people desperately worried about homelessness will be protected from evictions.

“It creates deep concern, stress amongst people themselves who know that landlords want to evict them, but also for all of us trying to make sure we don’t see another wave of homelessness.

“It’s not a responsible way to go about managing people living in precarious situations up and down the country, and we very much hope September 20 doesn’t lead to us having to have exactly the same conversation on the 18th or 19th of September.”

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  • Tony Egan

    Shelter as always give their opinion and little else.
    Perhaps they could lead by example and actually provide homes for people.
    Problem solved!

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    Shelter. The charity ( Business) that houses no one.

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  • girish mehta

    It is simple build more houses stupid.
    You are not going to get landlords provide houses for free. The government had tried with council houses the rest of housed were given to housing associations at knock down prices. The hovetjavr listened

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    • 24 August 2020 09:54 AM

    If Shelter succeeds in it's ambitions we will see the return of sitting tenants and rent controls.
    Last time that was tried the PRS had shrunk to 7% of the market..

    Apparently it wasn't a very nice market.
    Gave rise to the likes of Rachman.

    Very hard to rent as no stock.
    Of course back then there were plentiful supplies of Council Housing and No MASS UNCONTROLLED IMMIGRATION.

    If Shelter get their way it will be the end of the PRS as it is currently known.

    LL will sell up.
    There will be millions of homeless tenants.

  • girish mehta

    To pressure groups for quick l fix solutions over last 60 years and failed.
    You need government and politicians with B**LLS to tackle the issues. Not last minute I turns as we have seen over weekend As they are scared to challenge this charities and loose their ministerial post and may not get another job in government. The politician just want a short term in their post and m move on the next job as all they need a tick on any ministerial position and move on to next job in government city.
    Don’t expect anything from Amy of these idiots till they will
    Ruin the housing sectors and m million of people homeless
    Their policies have attracted overseas buyers over last decade S their policies have made these people attactive to invest in uk,
    The have sold most sectors to foreign investments.
    You cannot run. Country on shoestring. Il is broken, no investment had been made in education, NHS, Housing,manufacturing, virtually all sectors have Bren starved of investment, yet the government have collected billions in tax revenue over decades and squandered in vanity projects and war,
    Politicians and politicians need to wake up and mention their errors

    You cannot expect any business to Survive if they have no in Income for a year

    Look At companies closing down and people loosing their jobs . There is enough evidence for all to see. Politicians need to get their face out of each other back side and see what is real,

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    too many dogs barking in this room...

    • 24 August 2020 10:14 AM

    Rather than making your usual stupid cryptic comments just explain what you mean and why you think it?

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    Shelter long term are hurting the very people they are supposed to be helping, how many of us are going to take a risk on a new tenant ? Only tenants with a good past record and secure work will be considered, so what happens to the rest ?

    • 24 August 2020 10:22 AM

    Who cares about the crooks, feckless tenants, anti social tenants, rent default tenants, and the like...

    I for sure don't.

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    • 24 August 2020 10:20 AM

    They are indeed...Like all Govt. (or Local Authorities) tricks to make me, as a Landlord, either pay, or lose, more money, are tricks that just simply gets passed on to the tenants with a 15% mark-up.

    So they should all think closely about what they are doing to the tenants they say they are protecting.

    They are, happily for me, doing the exact opposite.

    Keep at it boys - You are doing it well.


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