ITV’s Tonight current affairs programme will this evening look at evictions in the private rental sector.
The episode - Losing Your Home: the True Cost - sees ITV political correspondent Daniel Hewitt accompanying Landlord Action’s Paul Shamplina to get first hand experience of an eviction process as well as exposing the different elements causing the volume of possession claims to increase.
Hewitt also speaks to families struggling to pay rising rents.
“Possession claims for 2021 stood at approximately 40,000, but with current challenges such as the rise in the cost of living, increased rents, shortage of stock and changes to the housing benefit system, I predict this figure will at least double and we will see 80,000 plus claims issued for 2022. Social housing providers are also starting to issues claims again after two years holding off evicting tenants, so numbers are going to be pushed right up” says Shamplina.
“The Tonight programme really portrays the level of claims we’re seeing right now, provides the reality of how both landlords and tenants alike are struggling and looks at what the government can do to help with this tougher economy in 2022 and beyond.”
The show is on ITV at 8.30pm.