Tenant evictions have reached a record high 11,307 in the first quarter of the year according to government figures.
However, the majority of renters facing eviction are reported by the Ministry of Justice to be social rather than private renters.
MoJ data shows 11,307 renting households in England and Wales were evicted in the first three months – up 8% on a year earlier and the highest number recorded in a single quarter since records began in 2000.
Homeless charity Shelter describes the news as “a glaring reminder that sky high housing costs and welfare cuts are leaving thousands of people battling to keep a roof over their heads.”
Campbell Robb, Shelter’s chief executive, said: “Every day we see the devastating impact of a housing market at boiling point, with the cost of renting so high that many families are living in fear that just one thing like losing their job or becoming ill could leave them with the bailiffs knocking at the door."
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