World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 22 Mar, 2021 04:15 am

Eviction ban in England extended to end of May, as tens of thousands of renters remain in crisis

Eviction ban in England extended to end of May, as tens of thousands of renters remain in crisis
A quarter of private renters (2 million people) have suffered a cut in their incomes over the last six months leading to problems paying their rent.

Nearly half (47 percent) of private renters were depressed or anxious about the housing situation compared to 26 percent of the general population.A quarter of private renters (2 million people) have suffered a cut in their incomes over the last six months leading to problems paying their rent.Over the last month, the survey showed, 24 percent of private renters have had to borrow money to meet their rent, while 18 percent had missed meals or cut back on food and 12 percent had cut back on heating in order to cover rent costs.It highlighted that 150,000 private renters were at risk of eviction due to the financial hardships of the Covid-19 pandemic leading to rent arrears.

” StepChange’s research showed half of private renters (3.” StepChange called for “a further extension to give renters more chance to get back on their feet,” while noting, “however the report finds this alone would not be enough to hold back the rising tide of debt many private renters are battling—one in five expects it to take at least six months until they can even afford all their household bills again.

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