Landlords should pay evicted tenants’ relocation costs when they have to leave against their will – estimated at £1,709.
That is according to campaign group Generation Rent, which also called for the government to introduce open-ended tenancies to give renters more security in their homes.
In 2019-20 57,000 renters moved after being evicted from a private tenancy, 66,000 relocated due to their fixed-term tenancy ending and 11,000 moved due to a rent increase.
The government has promised a White Paper on reform of the rental market this autumn.
Generation Rent wrote: “We are calling for open-ended tenancies, which would give tenants stability and flexibility, enabling them to put down roots in secure homes that they can call their own.
“Where landlords wish to sell or move in, they should pay the equivalent of two month’s rent towards tenants’ moving costs, to minimise the stress of moving.
“Renters are shelling out millions to pay for house moves that they have no choice but to make.
“Not only is moving home expensive, it can force renters to move away from essential support networks, family and friends, and can disrupt children’s education.
“Renters deserve secure and stable homes where they can put down roots in their communities and thrive. With tenancies so short and evictions so common, this right is out of reach for millions of private renters.
“Generation Rent is calling on the government to commit to open ended tenancies in the upcoming Renters Reform White Paper, and to make landlords contribute to renters’ moving costs in the event of an unplanned and unavoidable move.”
Generation Rent is campaigning for the end of Section 21 evictions, something that was promised by the government.
Estimated relocation costs were broken down by the group as follows.
The deposit on a new home is calculated at £808, worth five weeks’ rent.
Then there’s the cost of paying the rent on two properties temporarily while moving, estimated at £232.
There’s the time spent off work to view properties, pack and move home ((£250 for 28 hours at minimum wage).
Finally there’s cleaning costs (two hours at £24), van hire (£34 for one day) and broadband installation (£20).
The suggestion is likely to anger landlords, who have already had to cope with a host of measures in the past few years.
To give two prominent examples, they’ve had to deal with the elimination of mortgage interest tax relief as well as the 3% stamp duty surcharge.