NEW Ministry of Justice data, released on 10 August, shows the number of households removed from their homes by court bailiffs as a result of no-fault evictions is up 41 per cent in one year in England.

Between April and June 2023, 2,228 households were evicted by bailiffs because of a Section 21 no-fault eviction, up from 1,578 households since the same quarter last year. Private landlords started 7,491 court claims to evict their tenants under Section 21 this quarter, up 35 per cent in a year, putting thousands more renters at risk of homelessness.

The number of households evicted frotheir homes by bailiffs since the government first promised to ban no-fault evictions in 2019 has reached 21,332

Section 21 evictions are a major contributing factor to rising homelessness because they allow landlords to evict tenants with only two months’ notice and they do not have to give a reason. 24,060 households were threatened with homelessness as a result of a Section 21 no-fault evictions in the past year – up by 21 per cent compared to the previous 12 months.

The government first promised to scrap no-fault evictions in 2019 and, this May, it finally published its Renters (Reform) Bill that would allow this to happen. The Bill has since failed to progress through Parliament and Shelter is urging the government to urgently prioritise its progress as soon as it returns from recess in September.

Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, said: “With private rents reaching record highs and no-fault evictions continuing to rise, hundreds of families risk being thrown into homelessness every day. Landlords can too easily use and abuse the current system. Some will hike up the rent and if their tenants can’t pay, they will slap them with a no-fault eviction notice and find others who can. We speak to renters all the time who feel like they have zero control over their own lives because the threat of eviction is constantly hanging over them.

“The Renters Reform Bill will make renting more secure, and for those who live in fear of the bailiffs knocking at their door, these changes can’t come soon enough. The moment Parliament resumes, the government must get rid of no-fault evictions which have made the prospect of a stable home little more than a fantasy for England’s 11 million private renters.”

* Anyone who is facing homelessness can get free, expert advice from Shelter here.

* Source: Shelter England