The government has been urged to “throw renters a lifeline” as new government statistics showed the number of tenants facing eviction is surging during the cost of living crisis.
More than 3,700 households were evicted from private rented homes in England between July and September, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) statistics have revealed.
The number of evicted households rose 10 per cent in just three months while the number of possession claims to courts from landlords has more than doubled from 10,202 to 21,012 in a year. The number of possession orders issued to county court bailiffs almost tripled over the same period to 15,352.
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“Thousands of private renters have experienced the trauma of the bailiffs removing them from their home, and thousands more will face the same fate as the cost of living crisis escalates,” said Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter. The charity said on Thursday seven out of 10 calls to its emergency helpline are reporting the cost of living crisis making housing situations worse.
Neate added: “Shelter is working seven days a week to help people fight for their home, but the government has to throw renters a lifeline or homelessness will spiral. With the budget just around the corner, the government must use this opportunity to unfreeze housing benefit before it’s too late.”