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Rental tenants facing homelessness

By Press Association , May 8, 2014

The number of rental sector tenants facing the threat of losing their home has surged to its highest level in more than a decade, Government figures show.

Some 47,220 landlord possession claims were recorded in county courts between January and March against tenants, which the report, released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), said marks the biggest quarterly figure in records going back over 10 years.

The figures, which cover both private and public sector tenancies across England and Wales, show a stark contrast between the situation in the rental sector and the number of mortgage repossession claims being made against home owners in the courts, which at 12,704 in the first quarter of the year is at its lowest level in a decade.

continues, with some suggestion landlords seeing it as a window to sell up into panic demand, to get high prices near asking price, on this AOL link: http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/08/rental-tenants-facing-homelessness/

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I bet the conservatives are rubbing their hands together at the thought of all that rental churn. Letting agent fees, jobs for the boys, VAT receipts.. All boosting GDP

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HTB is plausibly the reason in many cases, simething I'll be mentioning to my local councillors (both Cons) when I get a chance.

This policy could scarcely be worse for family stability if they tried.

Why would they care?

Private rental sector = minority = second class citizen.

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They're hoofing out their tenants to flog off at the top of the market.

A definite sign that "peak house" has arrived in my view.

We've been in 2 houses that have been up for sale when being rented out - what a hassle that is ... LLs expecting to have people round any time for viewings.

The renter voting block is growing by the day. I saw yesterday that DC is talking about putting in place long term agreements now. They can't ignore these voters any more now - especially as they will be a real force in the city/suburb marginal seats.

I think we're only a year or so away from some tightning of BTL legislation or taxation too. When people have 2 or 3 houses you've got 1 or 2 voters deprived of a property to keep one 1 voter happy. It's not a sustainable position in a democracy.

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