‘Tipping point’: Record number of people at risk of becoming homeless in the UK

According to a recent government report, a record number of people living in the UK are at risk of becoming homeless due to a surge in no-fault evictions.

Approximately 6,400 households in England received eviction notices from landlords between January and March 2022, the highest number since registration began in 2018.

A “no fault” or “section 21” eviction is when a landlord evicts his tenants without giving a reason. They are still legal in the UK, although banned in many other European countries.

The latest data shows an increase from the first quarter of 2020, when 4,740 households received notices of innocence and were forced to leave their property.

One Ukrainian refugee family of nine found itself on the brink of homelessness after a ‘no-fault’ eviction forced them to leave their rented home just weeks after arriving in the UK.

They were rejected by fifteen homeowners despite over £20,000 in donations being raised through an online appeal.

“We have problems, and money does not solve the problem. We did not expect this to be a big problem, because in Ukraine, when you have money, you can rent any housing you want,” said Maxim Henrik, the father of the family. Independent.

The UK government plans to ban no-fault evictions as part of its tenant reform bill package first introduced in April 2019.

But with the cabinet in crisis following the resignation of Boris Johnson and the ongoing race for leadership, campaigners fear that the current instability could undermine efforts to resolve the issue.

“It is deeply disturbing that thousands of people are forced to leave their homes and must now face an intense struggle to find new housing, all at a time when rents are skyrocketing and people’s budgets are shrinking to the limit,” he said. Matt Downey, CEO of Crisis UK, a homeless charity.

“How much more hardship are we going to let people endure? It is imperative that whoever becomes our new prime minister next month prioritizes the introduction of a landlord reform bill so that we can finally protect people from the trauma and unrest that comes from being bullied.” . from your home at any time,” he added.

Approximately 60 tenants living in a residential complex in the southwest city of Exeter received no-fault eviction notices earlier this month. The landowning company has said it is necessary to carry out “major” renovations, though residents claim their intention is to turn the property into a profitable student residence.

Research by the UK Department for Equalization, Housing and Communities has also shown an increase in the number of households receiving council support to avoid homelessness, with current numbers at 74,230, up 10% from the last quarter of 2021.