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’.
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.