Evictions of private tenants have doubled over five years

12th November 2015


The number of private tenants evicted from their homes rose by 14% in the year to September and has doubled over the past five years.

New figures from the Ministry of Justice figures published today reveal that 22,531 private renting households in England have been evicted from their homes – 14% higher than the year before.

Over the last five years, the number of private renting households evicted has doubled.

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, says: “It’s heart-breaking that tens of thousands of renting families are losing the battle to keep a roof over their heads.

“Tragically, this year marks the shocking milestone of 100,000 children waking up homeless at Christmas – and the double blow of cuts to welfare support combined with a chronic lack of affordable housing means many more families are facing a constant struggle to stay in their home.

“Shelter’s advisers can make the difference between a family losing their home and keeping it, but we’re finding it harder and harder to keep up with demand. We urgently need more support this Christmas to make sure we can be there for every family that needs us.”

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