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Labour calls for new legislation to aid tenants


by Felicity Collier

TOUGH new rent protections have to be set to save more than 132,000 people from the brink of eviction and homelessness, Labour said yesterday after new statistics showed the housing crisis is getting worse.

Shadow housing minister John Healey called for emergency legislation after Ministry of Justice (MoJ) figures showed that 15 private-sector tenants per hour were close to losing their homes in England last year.

Housing charity Shelter said the figures were “shocking, but only the tip of the iceberg.”

The MoJ report found that 53,201 households were in danger of being evicted from privately rented housing in 2016, amounting to 132,000 people.

A total of 21,596 private renting households in England were evicted through official proceedings last year.

But Shelter revealed that large numbers of people were also forced to leave a property without going through the…

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