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London Assembly blames landlords and agents for ‘evictions crisis’

Capital councillors publish figures that they claim shows seven-fold increase in possession claims following end of evictions ban.

Nigel Lewis

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The London Assembly has published figures that claim the number of evictions in the capital by landlords and letting agents increased seven-fold from July to September when compared to the three months beforehand.

The figures show evictions of tenants in the private rented sector increased from 172 between April to June to 1,302 between July and September.

The Assembly is concerned at the increase of private renters facing eviction in London since the eviction ban ended on the 31 May and ‘especially with the cost of living increasing’.

Crisis

Assembly Member Sem Moema (pictured), who proposed the motion published by The Assembly, says London is facing an ‘evictions crisis’ this Christmas.

“With the costs of living increasing, the end to the furlough scheme and the removal of the Universal Credit uplift, I am concerned that the situation could get even worse,” she said.

“Right now, the Government should provide more support for private renters to prevent a surge in homelessness this winter. This includes pushing through with the Renters’ Reform Bill and increasing the size of the funding pot currently in place to help the almost one million people who have fallen into rent arrears.

“I am also urging the Mayor to engage with organisations representing landlords and private renters in London to discuss how we can avoid an evictions crisis.”

The statement from The Assembly also says possession claims are concentrated in London and London boroughs account for seven of the ten local authorities with the highest rate of claims.

December 3, 2021

3 comments

  1. Whilst ALL evictions were – Civil legal remedies were Withdrawn from private business ( don’t forget, some of these ‘private businesses’ were Blue-collar worker, single-property landlords on furlough that relied on their property rental for their family finances. ) and, upon resuming –
    There were more evictions, – than None.

    Wow, that’s Rocket-science material !

    When the population can’t afford basic human needs that are the responsibility of the state, then its Govt who should pick up that shortfall, not pass the ‘ tab ‘ onto the private sector. !!!

  2. Wait till that Renters reform bill comes in & more Landlords pack up, rents are gonna rocket even more.
    When will these people wake up, u making it worse for tenants. More anti Landlord rules u bring in, less houses. How hard is that to not understand?

    I’ll stop this homeless in 3 minutes. It won’t get the Govt votes though to start with.

    • I would suggest that one of the reasons for the increase is the fact that it was very difficult to evict tenants, even very bad ones in the months prior. This created a log jam and many landlords who would have started the eviction process much earlier had to wait. It would be interesting to see the figures for the year and the year before COVID to see if there is a genuine increase or a spike created by legislation. All landlords want good tenants, and no landlords want bad tenants.

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