A private tenant is handed a Section 21 eviction every seven minutes in England, according to homeless charity Shelter.
It is said almost 230,000 private tenants have been served with a S21 since the government first committed to scrap this form of eviction in April 2019 revealed in Shelter’s recent statement.
It adds that this is despite an eviction ban being in place for 14 months of this three-year period due to the pandemic.
The figures come from the latest YouGov poll that shows a quarter of all private renters have had three or more private rented homes in the last five years.
The figure for renting families with children is one in five.
“Based on these findings and what it sees in its frontline services, Shelter is concerned about the destabilising impact on children of constantly having to move” the charity says in its statement.
It goes on to claim that losing a private tenancy is the second biggest cause of homelessness in England, while the growing cost of living crisis “could push even more private renters to the brink.”
In the Queen’s Speech next month, Shelter says the government should honour its pledge to deliver a Renters’ Reform Bill this year to make private renting fairer and safer for all.
“The bill must include banning Section 21 no-fault evictions to give renters greater security in their homes” Shelter has argued.