Responding to the Government’s new figures outlining the scale of homelessness in England, David Smith, Policy Director for the Residential Landlords Association said:
“The rise in homelessness is deeply concerning and today’s figures ultimately remind us again of the desperate needs to build more homes across all tenures. It shows also the pressing requirement for better resources for advice and homelessness services.
“That the proportion of tenants finding themselves homeless because their private sector tenancies ended has increased is not surprising given the significant growth in the sector over the past few years. Undoubtedly this percentage will increase further as more tenants are housed in the private sector including by local authorities themselves.
“This is a sensitive issue and it is important that these figures are not used to needlessly scaremonger people.
“The most recent English Housing Survey shows that over the last three years, just 8 per cent of private sector tenancies that ended did so because the landlord or letting agent asked a tenant to move. Almost 78 per cent ended because the tenant wanted to move. The idea that landlords spend their time looking for the first opportunity to evict their tenants is unfair and inaccurate.”
- The Department for Communities and Local Government’s most recent homeless figures, published today can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/463017/201506_Statutory_Homelessness.pdf.
- The 2013/14 English Housing Survey shows that of those private sector tenancies that ended over the last three years, 8.3% were because the landlord or letting agent asked the tenant to leave. 77.6% were as a result of the tenant wanting to move. The information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/english-housing-survey-2013-to-2014-household-report. See Annex Table 6.7 in the spreadsheet entitled, “Chapter 6: tables, figures and annex tables”.
- The Localism Act 2011 gave local authorities the power to use private rented accommodation to discharge their responsibilities to house the homeless.