The report shows:
- the rented sector has grown in the past 12 years by nearly a half, and the number of tenants being evicted from their homes has grown by a third: 10,000 more tenants lost their homes in 2015 than in 2003
- the number of tenants evicted by private landlords exceeded the number evicted by social landlords for the first time in 2014
- the increase in repossessions in recent years has been almost entirely due to the increasing use of ‘no fault’ evictions, using Section 21 (S21) of the Housing Act 1988
- the use of S21 is highly concentrated geographically – four out of every five repossessions using S21 are in London, the East and the South East, and nearly two-thirds are in London alone.
JRF is calling for the Government to end the freeze on support for housing costs, and uprate Housing Benefit in line with local rents.