As the political establishment comes to terms with the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and the survivors fight to be rehoused, new statistics lay bare the scale of the country’s dangerous housing’ says the campaign group Generation Rent.
The English Housing Survey estimates that 1.04m rented homes are unsafe, with the vast majority – 795,000 – home to private renters.
‘Tenants depend on councils to force landlords to fix hazards in their home, but with council budgets slashed, many complaints go ignored. That’s why Karen Buck, MP, is introducing a bill to allow tenants to take legal action against a negligent landlord. This additional route to justice should help to reduce that shameful number of unsafe homes.’
‘However, right now, taking your landlord to court can simply result in them evicting you. This is thanks to Section 21, the law that gives landlords the power to evict tenants on a whim. Another finding from the English Housing Survey was that 20% of families who moved home recently were forced out by their landlord. This is unacceptable in an economy where home ownership and council homes are no longer options for most private renters – two thirds have no savings.’
Generation Rent is campaigning to end Section 21 It is asking people to
Section 21 ‘lets landlords evict tenants without giving a reason.
It’s why a tenant can do everything that is asked of them and still not feel like they have a home. They can be asked to leave with two months’ notice.
It’s why investors have been so eager to put all their money into property. If they want their money back, they can just evict the person who’s been paying their mortgage off.
It’s why there is so much bad practice and shoddy conditions in the private rented sector. If a tenant makes a fuss, they’re out.
It’s the Number One cause of homelessness.
Renters are not just a convenient source of income – they are people who need a home. If the government scrapped Section 21 and gave more protection to the tenant, it would discourage landlords from selling up or churning their properties, give tenants more of stake in their home, and provide compensation for blameless tenants who are forced to move out.
Read more about evictions and GR’s proposals to reform them here
Please sign the petition and write to your MP here.’