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15 April, 2021 Open access

One in 12 private renters has received a ‘no-fault’ eviction notice since March 2020

Survey commissioned by Generation Rent also shows that a third of renters in England fear they will lose their home in the year ahead

One in 12 private renters has received a 'no-fault' eviction notice since March 2020, according to new polling from Generation Rent.

The survey of a sample of private renters in England shows that 8 per cent of respondents (equivalent to almost 700,000 or one in 12 renters) had received a Section 21 notice during the Covid-19 pandemic, which allows landlords to evict tenants without needing a reason. A further 3 per cent had received a Section 8 notice, which involves the landlord providing a reason, while 7 per cent were asked to move out without formal notice.

In addition, the survey findings include -

Generation Rent highlights that these findings come two years to the day since the government announced plans to replace Section 21 with open-ended tenancies. The charity says that it is therefore continuing its collaboration with other leading housing organisations that make up the Renters Reform Coalition, to campaign for a redesigned, more just housing system.

For more information, see 700,000 renters hit with unfair eviction notices during pandemic from generationrent.org