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Shelter Campaign to Combat Revenge Evictions

November 28, 2014 Matthew Daines 3 Comments

According to figures from the Ministry of Justice, the number of tenants evicted by their landlords is at a record high with benefit cuts and the growing trend of “revenge evictions” causing the sharp increase in repossessions.

Revenge Eviction

It has been documented that more than 11,000 tenants were evicted in just three months between June and September of this year – an 11 per cent increase on the previous quarter and the highest number since records began in 2000.

On the 28th of November 2014, politicians would have had the chance to vote for the tenancies (reform) bill, protecting renters from unfair evictions. The bill was getting a second reading where recommended additions to existing legislation would ensure that tenants who report poor conditions to their landlord and are subsequently served a Section 21 eviction notice should have the right to appeal.

In other words, the government has decided to back a private member’s bill, which would make it illegal to evict tenants who make justifiable complaints which would include but not be limited to: faulty boilers, leaking roofs, dangerous electrical items, damp and other conditions that warrant landlords to repair.

To get legal protection tenants would need to contact their council to register a concerning health or safety issue as described above. They could then complain freely to the landlord, knowing he or she could not evict them out on that basis alone.

The move had been called for by the housing charity Shelter.

Campbell Robb, Shelter’s chief executive comments…

“Nobody should have to raise their children in a place where their health and well-being are at risk, let alone live in fear of being thrown out simply for complaining about a problem in their home”.

A survey by YouGov of more than 4,500 private tenants, commissioned by Shelter and British Gas, revealed that poor conditions are a normality for many renting families. Almost half said they had lived in the past year in a property affected by damp (44%) or mould (48%) – both of which can cause conditions such as asthma and eczema.

Nearly a fifth had been in a property with electrical hazards (19%), and one in six families (18%) reported living with vermin infestations, including mice, ants and cockroaches, which also put their health at risk.

More than 120,000 renting families – the equivalent to one in 10 of Britain’s renters – have suffered health problems in the last year because landlords failed to deal with the poor environment conditions in their properties, according to the research, while more than 60,000 families were threatened with eviction by their landlords after complaining about the state of their homes.

Shelter said it was releasing the figures as part of its campaign to change the law to protect renters from being thrown out of their homes by a small but dangerous minority of landlords who don’t want to repair dangerous or inadequate properties.

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About Matthew Daines

Matthew DainesAs COO of LettingaProperty.com since 2011, Matthew holds a dual role in management and operations. His strategic, focused and goal orientated experience in achieving results within international, high-profile organisations adds to LettingaProperty.com’s continual success and innovation within the private rental sector.

3 Comments

    November 30, 2014 REPLY

    I’ve had tanant complain about condensation and mould but when asked if they open the windows and use the heating the answer is usually no I can’t afford the money for the heating and if I open the windows then I lose my warmth – yet according to the tenant the tenant the mould and condensation is my fault?
    Yet if I look in their bin there are beer can, and fag packet and they have a nice flat screen tv, sky box etc.

    November 29, 2014 REPLY

    Surely, there is plenty of legislation to protect tenants right now? I guess there are more rogue tenants than rogue landlords? So stats might be useful here so that we have a balanced picture. I doubt if we will get that from Shelter.

    r.

      November 29, 2014 REPLY

      Most of these tenant scum refuse to vacate when they can’t pay the rent for whatever reason
      That is why PRS ‘LL are forced to evict these wrongly tenants
      ANY tenant who is not able to pay the rent should just notify the LL and vacate but the scum DON’T
      This causes enormous financial distress for LL
      Over 35000 LL had their properties repossessed last year due to scum tenants not paying rent and defusing to vacate until removed by bailiffs
      It can take over 9 months to evict a scum tenant and they know it
      The law should allow immediate removal if rent isn’t paid

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