The vocal campaign group Generation Rent is making the jaw-dropping claim that one in four private tenants has been evicted “for no reason.”
The claim - publicised in The Independent newspaper - says the figure comes from research by polling company BMG Research.
The article also claims that private tenants lack legal protection from so-called “no fault” eviction where an agent or landlord starts eviction proceedings with having to give a reason.
The survey found that 27 per cent of current and past private tenants had been evicted. The newspaper says this was because the owner wanted to sell, refurbish, or change the use of a property “or because of a rent increase.”
Betsy Dillner, director of Generation Rent, is cited in the article as saying living in the private rental sector is a gamble.
“Every time a renter moves home they spin the roulette wheel. They might well get a good landlord who values long term tenants, but this poll suggests that one in four of us will end up with a bad one sooner or later.
“With increasing numbers of us facing a lifetime of renting, we need to be able to call the place we live a home, and we can’t until the government ends unfair evictions.”