The hardline activist group Acorn - part of the Renters Reform Coalition involving Generation Rent - now claims that some 600,000 renters have been evicted since the Tories pledged to scrap Section 21.
Acorn’s Eviction Tracker, a new website set up over the weekend, says more than 1,625 days have elapsed since the Conservatives first pledged to abolish Section 21.
It claims that since that time some 84,000 tenants have been taken to court by their landlord after failing to leave their home by the end of their Section 21 notice period.
It then says: “Given that the vast majority of tenants do leave by the end of their notice period, 84,000 represents a small fraction of the total number of ‘no fault’ evictions. Surveys are the only reliable way of calculating the true figure.
“Housing charity Shelter calculated that 188,000 family households have been evicted since April 2019. Family households represent 31 per cent of all households who rent. Therefore we can extrapolate by that number to predict that more than 600,000 renter households have been evicted in total.”
On its own website, Acorn says it is no longer relying on politicians and says: “This is why Acorn members have, this summer, stepped up our eviction resistance game. The act of people linking arms to stop a bailiff kicking out a fellow Acorn member from their home powerfully illustrates the principles of community and solidarity that underpin our work.”
It cites examples from Coventry, Bristol, Birmingham, Huddersfield and Southwark where what it calls ”heroic actions” by its members have “saved” tenants from Section 21 evictions.
In one such example it claims: “In Coventry, members joined together to support fellow members Mandy and Billy who received a Section 21 notice to leave their home - a type of eviction would be outlawed under the proposed Bill. They asked their landlord for a short reprieve to give them time to find another home, but were denied. Members quickly assembled a plan, and turned out on the day of eviction, standing together to stop the bailiff in his tracks. It worked, buying Mandy and Billy the time to find another place.”
And Acorn goes on to say: “Each act of eviction resistance is organised by members, for members. It is not a service, it is solidarity, with members who receive support going on to take direct action to support others when they need it. Like a trade union picket line, it is a tactic that enables victory, and an education for members in using strength in numbers against a powerful target.”
Acorn is a prominent and outspoken member of the Renters Reform Coalition which consists of some 20 organisations campaigning for, amongst other things, a beefed up version of the Renters Reform Bill.
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