Joseph Rowntree Foundation report: Poverty, Evictions and Forced Moves

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is calling for the Government to end the freeze on support for housing costs, and uprate housing benefit in line with local rents.

This comes after a July 2017 report (pdf) exploring the rapid increase in evictions over the last 12 years, and the impact these have had on the lives of tenants who lose their homes.

The report shows:

  • The rented sector has grown in the past 12 years by nearly a half, and the number of tenants being evicted from their homes has grown by a third: 10,000 more tenants lost their homes in 2015 than in 2003
  • The number of tenants evicted by private landlords exceeded the number evicted by social landlords for the first time in 2014
  • The increase in repossessions in recent years has been almost entirely due to the increasing use of ‘no fault’ evictions, using Section 21 (S21) of the Housing Act 1988
  • The use of S21 is highly concentrated geographically – four out of every five repossessions using S21 are in London, the East and the South East, and nearly two-thirds are in London alone.

Read the findings (pdf) or the full report (pdf).