Evicted tenants hit record levels as social security cuts take hold
Newly released figures have shown that more than 30,000 tenants were evicted from their homes by the end of September, with social landlords stating that the bedroom tax was to blame.
The number of people evicted from households in England and Wales has bit record levels in Q3 of this year, with social security cuts among the excuses leading to over 100 evictions a day. The figures, compiled by the Ministry of Justice show that over 11,000 rented properties were repossessed by bailiffs in the three months from July to September, the highest quarterly figures since the year 2000 when records began. Meanwhile, just 2,805 mortgage borrowers were evicted during the same period.
By the end of September this year more than 30,000 tenant households had been evicted, and it is estimated that the number will increase to more than 37,792 recorded in 2013. The figure do not show who owns the rental properties, but does show that a large proportion of recent claims have been made by social landlords which includes local councils and housing associations, and the higher eviction rates are being blamed on the introduction of the bedroom tax.
The new figures show that out of the 40,859 possession claims issued between July and September over half (25,955) were made by social landlords and 5,694 were made by private landlords. The rest of the claimants are not known.
Chief executive of Shelter, a housing charity, Campbell Robb told the press, “It’s heart-breaking to hear that so many people have lost the battle to keep a roof over their heads.
“Already, 90,000 children will be homeless this Christmas, and with housing costs sky high, many more families are living on a knife-edge knowing that just one thing, like a job loss or illness, could leave them facing the same fate.”