The main cause of homelessness in the UK is the loss of a private rented tenancy and the campaign fighting back against that reality went to parliament yesterday.
Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 enables a landlord to evict a tenant without giving a reason if they follow a legal process. And, according to research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, it has become a key driver of homelessness with the number of private tenants being evicted rising by a fifth last year.
To #EndHomelessness we need to #EndSection21 & raise welfare to cover the cost of rents and fix system delays. @OnnMel mentions @genrentuk analysis which suggests that 200 families are made homeless each week as a result of a Section 21 no fault eviction. https://t.co/KymwfqXgCl
— Hannah Slater (@hannahslateruk) December 6, 2018
The legislation came under the microscope in a parliamentary debate yesterday as part of the government’s pledge to look at improving renter security.
Karen Buck, Westminster North MP, led the debate, citing the “shadow of insecurity” that the prospect of being evicted brings for the UK’s 15 million renters.
“It is a structural insecurity in a growing sector that is increasingly home to families and people who are looking for security,” said Buck.