50% increase in evictions over past 4 years

According to figures published by the Ministry of Justice in August 2015, 0ver 43,000 households in rented housing in England and Wales were evicted by county court bailiffs in the 12 months to June, representing a 50 per cent increase in the past four years.

Housing charities are blaming benefits cuts for the increase in evictions.  Private landlords have of necessity a much lower tolerance for rent arrears than their council and housing association counterparts and will act more quickly to evict and re-let to rent paying tenants.  As the private sector has taken more and more supported tenants, the amount of housing benefit being paid to private landlords has tripled in the past decade, to £9.3bn a year in 2013-14.

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