“It’s almost four-and-a-half years since the government pledged to scrap Section 21 evictions, and yet because they have failed to deliver on their promise, 171 innocent families are still being kicked out of their home every week despite doing nothing wrong,” she said.
In total, 7,491 landlords started section 21 eviction court proceedings between April and June 2023, up 35% in a year.
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Big Issue founder Lord John Bird said: “The numbers released this morning are further proof of what we already knew – individuals and families are being legally thrown from their homes in their thousands every year, through no fault of their own.
“For a considerable number of those who receive no-fault evictions, we know that this eviction will be what makes them homeless. More and more people are struggling to find another home right now with competition for accommodation in the private rented sector at a peak.
“We see this situation too often at The Big Issue, I’m sorry to say. Our staff do an amazing job to support anyone we work with who receives a section 21 eviction notice back into secure housing, but we need the government to do their bit too.”
Parliament is currently on summer recess, meaning that the bill won’t be debated until September at the earliest.
Rent campaigners criticised the delay, warning that thousands of households will face eviction over the summer while the wait for MPs to debate the bill continues.
The delays are unacceptable, Lord Bird warned.
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“We’ve been waiting for the Renters Reform Bill to end no-fault evictions and fulfil the government’s manifesto commitment for coming up to four years now. It’s time to end the delays. When Parliament returns in September, we must get this bill on the statute books and make sure the provisions in it for ending damaging no-fault evictions are watertight.
“Anything less will be a betrayal of this country’s 11 million private renters.”
Homeowners with mortgage repayments are also struggling, as interest rates surge.
Between April and June this year, bailiffs repossessed 600 homes being paid off by mortgage-holders. This brings the total number in the first half of 2021 to 1,287, a slight 2% increase on the first half of 2021.
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