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No-fault bailiff evictions soar to six year high

Posted 16.05.24
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New government data shows 2,682 households in England were marched out of their homes by bailiffs as a result of Section 21 no-fault evictions between January and March - up 19% in a year and the highest number in six years.

The Ministry of Justice figures show a further 7,863 landlords in England started Section 21 no-fault eviction proceedings against their tenants in that time period, an increase of 15% in a year.

Nearly 29,000 households have been kicked out of their home by bailiffs since the government first promised to ban Section 21 no fault evictions five years ago.

Recent government data found that no fault evictions resulted in a record 25,910 households being threatened with homelessness in 2023.

With the Bill now making its way through the House of Lords, Shelter is calling on peers from all political parties to overhaul the legislation and seize this last meaningful opportunity to strengthen the Bill and deliver lasting change for renters.

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