Campaign group Generation Rent has called for the government to freeze rents and do more to protect renters from eviction following the release of possession statistics.
In Q2 2022 there were 4,686 eviction orders by courts in England, Ministry of Justice statistics show.
Alicia Kennedy, director of Generation Rent, responded : “The number of court orders for evictions for rent arrears has never been higher. This is the aftermath of the pandemic when many renters didn’t get enough support to cover the rent and are now losing their homes.
“But it’s going to get worse as energy bills climb further and more people face a devastating choice between paying rent, heating their home, and putting food on the table.
“Alongside a further package of financial support, the government must freeze rents and protect renters from eviction if they’re struggling to stay on top of rent.”
Generation Rent has launched a campaign to freeze rents and stop Section 21 evictions due to the cost-of-living crisis.
The campaign group promoted a petition put forward by Emma Johnson, described as one of its supporters, on the 38 Degrees website.
The petition calls to ‘stop renter evictions during the cost-of-living crisis’.
It says: “The government needs to act now to tackle the cost-of-living crisis and protect renters who are being forced to choose between staying on top of rent and putting food on the table. To choose between living and merely existing.
“Only if the government freezes rents and stops these types of evictions will millions of renters finally begin to get some sense of security during this cost-of-living crisis.”
Generation Rent isn’t the only group calling for government intervention to mitigate the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on evictions.
Last week Shelter called for housing benefit to be ‘unfrozen’ to help more renters stay in their properties.