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Homelessness applications following eviction by a private landlord are on the rise

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Recent figures show that in a third of new homelessness applications the reason for homelessness is cited as the end of an assured shorthold tenancy.

Often households who are evicted following the end of an assured shorthold tenancy struggle to find affordable suitable accommodation and are being forced to present as homeless to their local authority. Increases in rent and caps on housing benefit have compounded the problem. The situation is worsened due to the shortage in social housing.

Government figures show that 15,170 households were classed as homeless between March and June 2016, a ten per cent increase from the same period last year. Nearly a third of those households gave the reason for being homeless as the end of an assured shorthold tenancy. 

The problem is greater in London with over 40 per cent of all homeless applications being as result of the end of an assured shorthold tenancy.        

The figures produced by the Department for Local Communities and Local Government also showed an increase in the number of households being unlawfully accommodated in bed and breakfast accommodation. Bed and breakfast accommodation is only lawfully considered suitable temporary accommodation for a period of six weeks. The number of households being unlawfully accommodated in bed and breakfast accommodation was up 29 per cent from the same period last year.

Stephensons have a specialist housing team who can assist people who are facing eviction and those who find themselves homeless.  If you or anyone you know is experiencing difficulties please contact our team on 0175 321 6399.

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