February 9, 2024 10:13 am

Insert Lead Generation
Nikka Sulton

Generation Rent’s latest move involves a two-pronged critique directed at both landlords and the government. Their activism gains momentum as they highlight alarming statistics from the Ministry of Justice, revealing a significant 39% surge in Section 21 evictions. This surge represents the highest quarterly rate observed since 2018, marking a concerning trend in housing instability.

The activist group emphasizes the urgency of addressing this issue, raising questions about the impact on tenants and the effectiveness of current housing policies. By bringing attention to these eviction statistics, Generation Rent aims to spark a broader conversation about the challenges faced by renters and the need for comprehensive reforms in the rental housing sector.

Generation Rent underscores a concerning correlation between the government’s postponement of the Third Reading of the Renters Reform Bill, aimed at abolishing Section 21 powers for landlords, and a noteworthy surge in Section 21 eviction rates. The decision to delay the Third Reading, as communicated by the Leader of the Commons, MP Penny Mordaunt, has raised eyebrows and heightened concerns within the advocacy group. The potential scheduling of the Third Reading on March 4 at the earliest adds a layer of uncertainty to the timeline of critical reforms that could significantly impact the housing landscape.

In the eyes of Generation Rent’s Chief Executive, Ben Twomey, the current situation perpetuates an unfortunate trend negatively affecting renters nationwide. The ability of landlords to initiate evictions with just two months’ notice, even without tenant fault, is identified as a major contributor to the escalating homelessness crisis in England. Twomey stresses the urgent need for comprehensive reforms to address this issue and prevent unwarranted evictions, emphasizing the pivotal role the Renters Reform Bill plays in rectifying the systemic challenges faced by renters.

As the spotlight remains on the intersection of legislative decisions and their real-world consequences, the ongoing dialogue between advocacy groups, policymakers, and the wider public underscores the need for timely and effective measures to create a fairer and more secure rental environment for tenants across the country. The evolving narrative prompts reflection on the intricate dynamics at play in the realm of housing policy, urging stakeholders to prioritize solutions that align with the pressing needs of Generation Rent.

“Renters have waited for five years since the government pledged to end no-fault evictions, only to discover another delay in their plans. Despite this commitment, nearly 90,000 households have faced forced displacement due to no-fault evictions, and this number continues to rise daily. Since the last parliamentary debate on changing this law, an estimated 5,891 more households have experienced Section 21 eviction in the courts.

The government’s inaction raises questions about their stance as thousands face eviction. Urgency is required to bring back the Renters Reform Bill to the Commons promptly, putting an end to these distressing evictions. England’s 12 million private renters should not endure further delays, and immediate action is imperative.”

The government, weeks ago, announced that the elimination of Section 21 powers would be postponed until reforms in court processes allowed for more efficient handling of possession cases. The Renters Reform Coalition, closely associated with Generation Rent, expressed concern about the delay, stating, “Absolutely shocking that on the same day data shows rising no-fault evictions, the govt is yet again delaying the Renters Reform Bill. As homelessness and evictions soar, we are very concerned this legislation won’t pass before the next election – it must be prioritised ASAP.”


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