No-fault evictions leading to rise in homelessness
New government figures released this week show a shocking 50% increase in homelessness due to no-fault evictions. The numbers are particularly alarming given the additional challenges that arose from the pandemic, making it imperative to address this crisis now more than ever.
The government figures show in that in 2022:
- 24,060 households were threatened with homelessness in England as a result of a Section 21 no-fault evictions – 50% higher than in 2021
- 290,330 households faced homelessness in 2022 in England – a 6% increase on the previous year.
A Section 21 ‘no-fault’ eviction allows landlords to ask a tenant to leave with just two months’ notice and without having to give any reason for doing so. The government has committed to introducing the long-awaited Renters’ Reform Bill soon, which will scrap these evictions. But this legislation needs to be implemented as soon as possible, to provide greater protection for renters and avoid unfair evictions.
Newham has seen a sharp increase in the number of people losing their homes, and the borough has the highest levels of homelessness in the country. At Your Place, we understand the devastating impact that homelessness can have. By working closely with the local authority and partners organisations, we provide safe and secure accommodation, access to support services, and help with finding work and education and somewhere to live more permanently. But to address this growing crisis, and the government need to take action now.
“I’m deeply concerned by the new government figures on homelessness. It’s heartbreaking to see that so many households at risk of losing their homes due to no fault of their own. We are dedicated to providing housing and support services to those in need, to solve homelessness one person at a time. We recognise that combatting homelessness requires a collaborative effort, and are committed to working with partners to solve this crisis in Newham and beyond.” – Amanda Dubarry, Chief Executive of Your Place