Older private renters must have their voices heard In support of the Renters Reform Bill.
That’s the view of Joanna Elson, chief executive of Independent Age, a national charity providing support for older people facing financial hardship.
“Older renters in financial hardship desperately need greater protections, including an end to discriminatory ‘No DSS’ policies which mean older people no who receive financial support like Pension Credit can be refused housing” she says.
The Bill received its Second Reading in the Commons this week and now goes on to the Committee Stage - where it receives detailed analysis by MPs.
Elson continues: “The UK Government must also quickly implement the promised end to Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions. Our research shows that in just one month last year, more than 2,600 older private renters were put at risk of homelessness as they were evicted from their home.
“With only two months' notice currently required to be given by landlords, finding somewhere new to live can plunge those affected into unimaginable levels of stress.
“…Older private renters have already waited too long for much-needed security. The Government must not delay any further in giving renters, including those in later life, the rights they deserve.”