Evicted tenant numbers 'at highest since 2008'

Published by Sarah Ashcroft

A relatively large number of tenants are being evicted from their rental properties at the moment, with figures at their highest point in the last five years.

New statistics from Sweet & Maxwell show tenant evictions in the year to the end of June totalled 36,177, up from 33,199 in 2011-12. This is the highest number of evictions since 2008 and suggests some people are struggling to meet rental payments and are being removed as a result.

Any landlord is entitled to evict a tenant if they have not paid their rent, although it should be remembered they must first obtain a county court order to do so. The figures mean the number of landlords doing this has risen by nine per cent in the last year alone.

Daniel Dovar, co-author of Residential Possession Proceedings, told the Daily Telegraph: "Rising rents on residential property and falling real wages are trends that have been in place for a number of years ... Low vacancy rates for rental properties especially in London and the south-east mean that landlords are also more willing to remove tenants who have a history of defaulting on their rent from their property."

The company also suggested that it could be the government's bedroom tax that is forcing some tenants out of their homes. This was designed to make people who live with spare bedrooms that are not used pay for their wasted space.

Mr Dovar added that landlords are under a lot of pressure to make sure they pay their mortgages, so they will not tolerate tenants who struggle to pay their rent on time. With plenty of people looking for a home to rent, they can afford to evict existing tenants and look elsewhere.

However, landlords should also be wary of the costs associated with evicting a tenant and advertising for a new one. It can sometimes be best to work out a deal with those already living in a home so that all parties are able to meet their responsibilities.ADNFCR-1645-ID-801636402-ADNFCR

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Published on: September 11, 2013

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