One of the leaders of campaign group Generation Rent is claiming that some landlords “force” tenants out using Section 21 powers.
Dan Wilson Craw - deputy director of the campaign group - does not make clear what he means by “force” used by landlords.
But he says, in response to recent possession figures released by the government: “Private renters are under stress like never before. The rising cost of living has pushed thousands into rent arrears, who now face homelessness as their landlords seek eviction.
"Even staying on top of rent is not enough for other renters, whose landlords are using Section 21 eviction notices to force them out without needing a reason.
“These properties will often end up back on the market at a much higher rent.”
Anticipating this week’s Autumn Statement from Chancellor Jeremy Hunt, Wilson Craw states: “Renters are relying on the Chancellor to take emergency steps … to keep them in their homes and stop rents from worsening the cost of living crisis.
“We need Jeremy Hunt to freeze rents, suspend no-fault evictions, and re-link Local Housing Allowance rates to market rents.”
The number of homes being repossessed jumped by 15 per cent in the third quarter of 2022. That equated to some 700 homeowner-mortgaged properties, according to figures from trade association UK Finance.
Meanwhile, a total of 390 buy to let-mortgaged properties were repossessed in the same period, which was up by 11 per cent compared with the previous quarter.
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