Protection from eviction good for four million
Citizens Advice has has welcomed news that the Government will support a Private Member's Bill to give greater protection to tenants in privately-rented housing. The charity's Chief Executive said that eliminating retaliatory evictions "is a matter of basic fairness and is long overdue".
Citizens Advice Chief Executive, Gillian Guy, said:
“Protection from eviction is good news for four million UK households. In the past year Citizens Advice helped with 38 per cent more eviction problems in cases where people were up to date on their rent. Although rent arrears is a common problem, the biggest cause of homelessness for private renters is the landlord ending their contract, rather than because tenants have fallen behind on their bills. Preventing landlords from turfing people out of their homes simply for asking for essential property repairs is a matter of basic fairness and is long overdue.
“Citizens Advice has long campaigned for greater protections for tenants and it’s welcome news that Government has given its support to this legislation. Significant and deep-rooted problems in our housing market mean there is no silver bullet to make it work. Tenants in all types of housing too often face high prices, low quality and an uphill struggle to keep a roof over their head and greater protection for renters would be a huge step in the right direction.”
Notes to editors:
- The Citizens Advice service comprises a network of local bureaux, all of which are independent charities, the Citizens Advice consumer service and national charity Citizens Advice. Together we help people resolve their money, legal and other problems by providing information and advice and by influencing policymakers. For more see the Citizens Advice website.
- The advice provided by the Citizens Advice service is free, independent, confidential, and impartial, and available to everyone regardless of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, age or nationality.
- To find your local bureau in England and Wales, visit citizensadvice.org.uk. You can also get advice online at adviceguide.org.uk
- You can get consumer advice from the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06 or 03454 04 05 05 for Welsh language speakers
- Citizens Advice Bureaux in England and Wales advised 2.3 million clients on 5.4 million problems from October 2013 to September 2014. For full 2013/2014 service statistics see our quarterly publication Advice trends
- Citizens Advice service staff are supported by more than 21,000 trained volunteers, working at over 3,000 service outlets across England and Wales.