Monday 6 July 2020 / 12:01 AM Housing / Thangam Debbonaire

Emergency legislation needed to protect renters from eviction – response to Shelter research

Thangam Debbonaire MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary, commenting on research by housing charity Shelter that shows 230,000 renters are at risk of eviction when the Government ban ends, said:

“We need emergency legislation to protect renters from evictions. But the Government seems to be more interested in protecting landlords’ incomes than preventing families from losing their homes in the middle of a deadly pandemic.

“Rough sleeping had more than doubled under the Tories before coronavirus. If we go back to business as usual, many thousands of people will find themselves sleeping on the streets this winter.

“This is one of the reasons why we need a Back to Work Budget focused on jobs, jobs, jobs, to prevent people from getting into difficulty with their rent.”