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Private rental market evictions under the spotlight tonight on ITV

ITV Tonight team to look at what it's like to lose your home, how Covid has affected the PRS and feature evictions expert Paul Shamplina

Nigel Lewis

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The private rental sector is to come under the national media spotlight this evening when ITV’s Tonight programme tackles the rise in evictions following the relaxation of court and eviction restrictions post-Covid.

‘Losing Your Home: the True Cost’ will be aired at 8.30pm and will feature a half-hour investigation into the effect of the pandemic on vulnerable tenants, and what the current eviction laws mean for those who can’t – or won’t – pay their rent.

Centre stage will be property industry figure Paul Shamplina, who is interviewed during the show by correspondent Daniel Hewitt at the HQ of his evictions firm, Landlord Action.

During the show, he takes along Hewitt as he serves notice to a number of tenants, including one living at a property in Harrow in London who had significant rent arrears, and an eviction in Hounslow featuring a tenant in serious arrears.

Evictions to double

“Possession claims for 2021 stood at approximately 40,000, but with current challenges such as the rise in the cost of living, increased rents, shortage of stock and changes to the housing benefit system, I predict this figure will at least double and we will see 80,000 plus claims issued for 2022,” says Shamplina.

“Social housing providers are also starting to issues claims again after two years holding off evicting tenants, so numbers are going to be pushed right up.

“The Tonight programme really portrays the level of claims we’re seeing right now, provides the reality of how both landlords and tenants alike are struggling and looks at what the government can do to help with this tougher economy in 2022 and beyond.”

The show will be available to watch on catchup.

March 17, 2022

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