William Eichler 17 June 2016

Hundreds of thousands of renters face eviction across the country

Over 300,000 renters at risk of eviction across the UK, according to housing charity.

Analysis, carried out by Shelter, revealed 148,000 renting households—the equivalent of 350,000 renters—were put at risk of eviction last year.

The charity also found more than 100,000 of these renters were based in London.

Shelter says the precarious position of renters is the result of a chronic shortage of affordable homes combined with welfare cuts.

Analysing statistics from the Ministry of Justice, the housing charity was also able to identify ‘home threat hotspots’ across the capital where people were most at risk of losing their home.

Enfield topped the list with 1 in 23 rented homes under threat of eviction, followed by Barking and Dagenham (also 1 in 23), and Havering (1 in 27).

Nadeem Khan, helpline adviser for Shelter, said: ‘Every day at Shelter we hear from people who are struggling to keep up with their rent, many in total desperation after the court papers land on their doormat and the threat of being evicted becomes very real.’

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