The latest demand by anti-letting agent pressure group Generation Rent is for the government to abolish the right of landlords or their agents to evict tenants through Section 21.
"A tenant can pay the rent on time every month and otherwise behave impeccably, and yet still be asked to leave with two months’ notice, with no appeal and no help. The influence that house prices have on the level of evictions utterly refutes any claim that tenants are adequately protected" says a blog on the campaigning group's website.
"We are calling [on] the government to reform the rental market to give tenants better protection from eviction and greater stability in their home, and encourage landlords who are committed to providing long term homes – instead of investors who will sell as soon as the price is right" it continues.
The reason behind the group's latest attack on the letting sector is research which it claims shows that the numbers of S21 evictions have risen in recent years.
Citing research undertaken with Oxford academic David Adler, the group says S21 evictions have increased roughly in line with house prices.
"If prices are rising, then landlords are more likely to decide to sell and evict their tenants in order to do so. When prices are falling, landlords are less likely to try to sell and more likely to retain their rent-paying tenants. There is a consequent downward pressure on rent levels. This pressure reverses following an increase in evictions" says the group.
Using Office for National Statistics data, it claims that both house prices and evictions began to fall in the first quarter of 2008.
"House prices began their ascent first, in the second quarter of 2009. Evictions then followed, picking up again in the fourth quarter of 2009. And again, the rental index lagged behind — bouncing back only in the third quarter of 2010" it claims.
It follows this apparent correlation through to last year when the group says the number of accelerated evictions was 16,441. This compares with 4,963 such cases in 2009, when the market drove house values down.
"A 10 percent increase in house prices is on average associated with an increase in evictions of over 60 per cent in a given local authority" says the blog.