Number Of Tenants Evicted Rises Across London
There has been a big increase in the number of families being evicted from council properties according to recent reports. County court bailiffs In England have said that there has been a rise in the number of families being evicted in the first quarter of 2015. The first three months saw a rise of 8% with 11,000 families evicted. This figure is a big increase in the number of families made homeless and means that evictions are now 51% higher that they were five years ago.
The numbers will make shocking reading as homeless charities point out that nearly 42,000 families were evicted from their homes last year which is the highest number since records began in 2000. However the number of evictions so far this year is likely to break this record if the current numbers continue to rise. Most of these tenants have been evicted because they are struggling to pay their rents. Rents have risen so sharply across the UK that many people are struggling to keep a roof over their heads.
Social tenants and private tenants are being evicted across UK
It is not just tenants in social housing that are being evicted. Many of these tenants are being evicted by private landlords as tenants struggle to keep up with rent payments. Most reasonable people would agree that these evictions are causing the break up of some families and can only be detrimental to the well being of the family unit. Children are forced to change schools and families are often forced into emergency housing and all of the problems that this causes.
Housing associations evicting tenants to take advantage of house prices
Some housing associations have been evicting their tenants in order to redevelop old estates that have fallen into disrepair. They have been renovating old estates to take advantage of property prices. However some of these estates have started to fight back with many of the tenants refusing to move out of their homes. Grassroot campaigners have joined forces with some of these families and highlighting the problems these families face in local media. There has been a lot of support from many charities and other campaigners who have had some success in having these eviction orders overturned.
Welfare cuts will cause more evictions as bedroom tax increases alongside benefit freezes
The Conservatives pledge to reduce the welfare bill by £12bn is going to place further pressure on these families who will struggle to find housing in the areas they were born in. Most of these families will be forced out of London as these cuts start to bite. Some of the welfare cuts will mean that payments for the bedroom tax will increase under some categories and some families will receive less in benefits depending on the size of their families. Other tenants will also suffer because payments will not be increasing and will be frozen at current levels.