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Shelter and Crisis make new claims about Section 21 evictions

A charity claims that landlords across England and Wales are seeking to evict tenants using Section 21 powers at a higher rate now than before the pandemic.

Homelessness charity Crisis says government figures for January to March 2023 show evictions and repossessions are 52 per cent higher than the equivalent quarter before the pandemic, and 22 per cent higher now than at this time last year. 

The figures - published by the Ministry of Justice - also show that the number of people who have been forced from their home by bailiffs because of a Section 21 has risen by 18 per cent in the first calendar quarter, from 2,075 to 2,449.


In addition, Crisis claims that other forms of eviction from the private rented sector are at record levels. 

There were 7,269 eviction claims from private sector landlords not using a section 21 eviction notice, a 16 per cent rise on the previous quarter and the highest number since this data series began in 2009.

Crisis says it’s now urging the government to ensure its controversial Renters Reform Bill “delivers on its promise to make a fairer, safer system for renters so that no one is forced from their home with nowhere to go.”

A spokesperson for the charity adds: “No one should be forced from their home or live in fear that an eviction notice will come through their door at any moment, but these figures show that this is a rapidly escalating reality for thousands of renters.

“What these statistics don't show is the anxiety and worry that comes with trying to find another home after an eviction notice in one of the most difficult housing markets we’ve ever known. They can’t show the pressure placed on people who are left with no choice but to live with mould and damp because the only alternative is no home at all.

“Introducing the Renters Reform Bill is a welcome step from Government. Now we need to get on with making sure Parliament not only passes the Bill as quickly as possible but ensures it is strong enough to deliver on its commitment to give tenants the security and stability they desperately need.”

Shelter has taken a similar approach, using possession figures to hammer home its message against landlords evicting tenants.

It says that if it is executed as intended the Renters Reform Bill will “dramatically improve security and reduce homelessness” but it insists there are loopholes that need to be tightened. 

Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, says: “The Bill is a breakthrough in the battle to make renting fairer, safer, and more secure. By the end of the year, we hope laws will be in place to prevent any more tenants from being kicked out of their homes for no reason. 

“Private renters have been waiting a long time to see unfair no-fault evictions abolished. Since the government first promised to do this in 2019, 61,000 households have had to face the courts and endure the fear, the panic, and the threat of homelessness that Section 21 evictions cause.  

“But for the Renters (Reform) Bill to work, loopholes cannot be created for unfair evictions to carry on via the backdoor. The government must ensure when landlords do seek to take their property back that they provide sufficient proof their intentions are legitimate, notice periods are long enough to protect tenants from homelessness, and there are big penalties for misuse.”

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    Shelter / Crisis you are amazing telling us evictions are at there highest level that you are responsible for Congratulations you must be pleased with the Homeless you created.
    Of Course you got plenty of time, you don’t have the burden of housing anyone and no taxes for you, some hypocrisy.

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    Can't they see that all the anti landlord policies are causing a spike in evictions?
    Some of it will simply be a bulge after the eviction ban and court backlogs during the pandemic.
    Some of it will be Section 24 and the fact some landlords can no longer afford to subsidize their rental properties.
    Some of it will be because tenants don't understand the need for rent rises to cover the much higher maintenance, insurance and mortgage costs landlords are now incurring.
    Some will be because a great many landlords are around retirement age and simply don't need the stress and hassle of constant government inference in their business. Better to take the CGT hit than put up with any more anti landlord policies.

    Well done Crisis - you have been instrumental in creating exactly that. Aided by Shelter and Generation Rant.

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    Use it before you lose it!

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    There will be an even more mad rush to the exit now it has been launched. 💰💰 cash out now before you pay even more CGT.

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    With all of their lobbying Crisis has created this crisis. On a larger scale Shelter have also have a influence and ironically provide no shelter for all of those they have made homeless.

    There are not many S21 evictions compared to renters at all. 2,449 in 1Q x 4Qs = 10k per annum; divided in to 4.4million households is 0.23%? Not even 1%!!!!

    I issued a S21 due to the use it or lose it scenario we all now face. With my infamous mould growing fraudulent compensation seeking Nigerians and politicians attitudes that evictions bans are even a thing I acted right away. I need to take out the trash before I get stuck with it.

    There are many reasons a LL will evict. A lot will be rent arrears where the government has not raised the LHA (that affects me), S24 and where rates have risen (me too) are other genuine reasons. Not to mention inflation and increased costs everywhere.

    Plus CGT further reducing. And the threat of losing property forever. I have just been through S21. It's got many unnecessary trip wires. I'm not waiting for a piece of **** like Gove to come up with new rules about courts and new landlord rights. It's not going to be good at all. It will take longer, involve court (why do I need to get on my bended knees to some judge so say 'Please Mr Judge, Please can I have MY F****** PROPERTY BACK? PLEASE?'. This country is becoming more and more backwards by the day.

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    I'm afraid that the likes of Shelter and Crisis actually thrive on misery. The more chaos and homeless that's exists, the more they can stick out their grubby mitts and ask for more money to "help deal with the problem".
    Ironically, if the crisis in the PRS got fixed, there'd be no reason for their existence and they'd have to go and get proper jobs!
    So actually, they just love the mess that they've helped create and are only shedding crocodile tears.


    Let's not forget that Shelter enjoyed funding from L&G who are a big corporate landlord and unaffected by S24. They will however benefit from less competition and higher rents. Shelter even wrote in one of their annual reports that L&G 'collaborate' with them on policy.

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    What did they think would happen ?
    Did anyone in Government consider what the effects of Section 24 would be when interest rates rise.
    Is anyone in Government going to admit that the Housing Crisis is caused by them.
    Has anyone considered that Private Landlords may not want to invest in an asset that cost 100,000 to donate it to a tenant for there life.
    The Renters reform Bill will a disaster.


    The Scottish equivalent has been great for causing huge increases in rent due to a shortage of rental properties but disastrous for families wanting to rent long term as they are now less desirable tenants than a bunch of students who will leave in a year or two.

    Select your tenants carefully and enjoy the higher rents which will follow over the next year or two.


    I read somewhere that someone explained it to Osbourne after he announced it. He said he couldn't backtrack as he would lose face.

    No one in government ever admits to mistakes. It takes time for things to happen and they are usually not in the same role once the proverbial hits the fan.


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