Laura Sharman 01 June 2021

Nearly two million tenants fear losing their home

Nearly two million tenants fear losing their home image

More than one in five private renters are worried they will lose their home now that the ban on evictions has been lifted, a homelessness charity has warned.

Research by Shelter shows 1.8 million private renting adults in England (22%) are worried they will lose or be asked to leave their current home at short notice.

Four in ten tenants also say their previous experience of finding and trying to keep a home makes them worry about finding another home in the future.

Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, said: 'The ban has been a lifeline for private renters who have weathered job losses, falling incomes and rising debts in this pandemic. But what happens now? Longer notice periods, while they last, will give some worried renters valuable time. But come September, anyone facing eviction will have just weeks to find somewhere else to live.

'The Government needs to do more to stem the tide of rising evictions. It cannot waiver from delivering a Renters’ Reform Bill that scraps Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions altogether. And in the meantime, it must offer renters with crippling Covid-arrears a package of financial aid.'

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