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3 February 2022

How the end of the eviction ban has pushed thousands into homelessness

Between July and September 2021, 36,510 households became homeless following the end of the eviction ban in May.

By Katharine Swindells

The lifting of the housing eviction ban in England in May 2021 has “triggered a rising tide of homelessness”, say housing campaigners. Government data published last week shows that the end of the eviction ban had an immediate impact on homelessness.

Between July and September 2021, 36,510 households became homeless, and a further 31,310 were threatened by homelessness.

In particular, there has been a stark increase in homelessness due to eviction and loss of private rental. Under the Coronavirus Act, protections were provided to tenants. Until 31 May 2021, landlords were required to give tenants six months’ notice of eviction, and bailiff-forced evictions were banned.

Between July and September 2021, 4,440 households were threatened with homelessness due to being served with a “no fault” Section 21 eviction by their landlord, a 60 per cent increase on the same period in 2020.

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