Tenants' rights groups say without further support, renters face increased risk of homelessness.
“Once again, renters have been ignored and let down by the government,” said Anny Cullum, policy and research officer at the union ACORN, told openDemocracy. “The lack of measures to support people with what is often their biggest monthly outgoing in today’s autumn statement is telling.
“With predictions that already soaring rents will rise even further in the coming months, the likelihood of people falling into rent debt and subsequent eviction and homelessness is all too possible for many this winter.”
Alicia Kennedy, director of Generation Rent, said private renters have been left “vulnerable to unaffordable rent increases” by the statement.
“Market rents have risen by 12% in the past year,” she said, “and it is very easy for landlords to raise the rent on their current tenants when they can threaten a no-fault eviction.”
Organisations have called for a freeze on rent increases – the highest on record – and an eviction ban.
“Nobody should lose their home as a result of the cost of living crisis,” said Cullum. “That’s why the government in England and Wales needs to implement a freeze on runaway rents during the crisis, and an immediate ban on evictions and mortgage repossessions.”
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