Tenant Evictions have been falling over the last 12 months. These statistics come as Shelter once again embark on a scare campaign.
The proportion of private sector tenants leaving their homes at the direction of their landlord or letting agent has fallen over the past year.
According to the most recent English Housing Survey for 2012/13, just 7% of tenants who had moved in the last three years said that it was because they had been asked to leave by their landlord or agent. This compares with 9% in 2011/12.
Research by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has shown that the vast majority of such evictions happen for legitimate reasons. These include landlords wanting to sell or move into the property, needing to perform extensive work on it or because tenants aren’t paying their rent or are committing anti-social behaviour.
The figures expose Shelter’s campaign today as irresponsible scaremongering which can only serve to unnecessarily frighten tenants.
Commenting on the analysis, RLA Policy Director, Richard Jones has said:
“The official figures show quite clearly a fall in the number of tenants having their tenancies terminated and by far most of these are for perfectly good reasons.
“Shelter’s campaign on so called revenge evictions is totally inaccurate and irresponsible. To severely restrict landlords’ right to regain possession as Shelter advocates would severely damage confidence in the sector. This would reduce supply at a time of high demand causing more people to be homeless and we thought Shelter is all about reducing the number of homeless.
“In the past, Shelter have put out highly questionable statistics, which bare little resemblance to reality which we again see today.”
The RLA represents almost 20,000 private sector residential landlords in England and Wales.
Page 10 of the English Housing Survey 2012/13 Households Report (available here ) reads:
“Four-fifths (81%) of private renters who had moved in the last three years said their tenancy had ended because they had wanted to move. Only 7% (179,000 households) said it was because they had been asked to leave by their landlord or agent.”
Page 68 of the English Housing Survey 2011/12 Households Report (available here ) reads:
“Around four fifths (81%) of tenancies ended because the renter wanted to move, 10% ended their tenancy through mutual agreement and 9% of households were asked to leave by their landlord or agent.”
Details of the RLA research can be found here