Private renters in England worried about losing home, says Shelter charity

According to Shelter, many private renters across England are concerned about losing their homes.

A bailiff-enforced eviction ban in England ends on May 31st.

A survey by Shelter found that 22% of renters in England fear losing or being asked to leave their current home on short notice.

Four in ten respondents (40%) said that their experience of finding and keeping a home made them worry about finding another home in the future.

Polly Neate, General Manager of Shelter, said: “The lifting of the eviction ban signals the beginning of the end for many tenants affected by homelessness. Thousands of people will wake up on June 1st knowing that they will soon be thrown out of their home with nowhere to go.

“The ban was a lifeline for private tenants who survived the pandemic with job losses, falling incomes and rising debts. But what happens now? Longer notice periods, while they last, give some worried tenants valuable time. But in September anyone facing eviction will only have a few weeks left to find another apartment. “

Almost 2,000 private tenants in England were surveyed.

The Department of Housing, Community and Local Government previously stated that tenants would continue to receive support as national Covid-19 restrictions in England ease.

As part of a step-by-step approach, the notice periods, which were previously extended to six months as an emergency measure during the pandemic, will be set to four months from June 1.

Phil Andrew, chief executive of StepChange Debt Charity, said, “Government support, such as vacation and benefit enhancements, was important to helping people through the pandemic, but not enough to keep many renters out of the residue.

“There are significant gaps in support that have created a black hole of £ 360 million in rental debt over the course of the pandemic.

“The government can help by creating an emergency package of grants and interest-free loans to rescue those who are in arrears with rent due to Covid. It will help keep people in their homes, avoid growing problem debt, insecurity and homelessness, and allow people to get back on their feet after a devastating year. “

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