Hundreds of Leicestershire renters kicked out of homes without cause last year

Hundreds of Leicestershire residents were kicked out of their homes through no fault of their own in 2023. Across the country, just under 26,000 households were threatened with eviction after being served with a Section 21 order last year.

That was up from 24,000 the previous year and 16,000 in 2021. The practice, known as no-fault evictions, had been slated for reform after the Government promised to outlaw it.

The surprise announcement by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of a General Election on Thursday, July 4, means many bills going through the parliamentary process did not become law before Parliament shut down. The Renters Reform Bill, which included the ban on Section 21 evictions, was among these.

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Section 21 orders – known as no-fault evictions – allow landlords to remove a tenant without providing any reason, and with just two months' notice. Charities have warned these orders mean renters can be “turfed onto the streets at a landlords’ whim”, the Reach Data Unit said.

In Leicestershire last year, 426 households were evicted in this way. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the vast majority of these – 284 – were in Leicester itself. The city had a no-fault eviction rate of 42.4 household per 10,000.

However, Melton borough had the highest rate of evictions at 87.3 per 10,000 households. Some 55 households in the borough lost their homes in this way.

Oadby and Wigston had the second highest rate at 46.2 households per 10,000 with 25 no fault evictions last year. Blaby District saw 16 renters kicked out for “no reason” (17.9 per 10,000 households) and Charnwood borough 17 (7.9 households per 10,000).

In Hinckley and Bosworth Borough, the rate was 11.5 household per 10,000 – 14 in total. Harborough District saw no fault evictions for 11.1 households per 10,000 – 10 total.

North West Leicestershire had both the lowest rate of Section 21 orders and the lowest total amount. In 2023, the district had five such evictions at a rate of 4.1 households per 10,000.

Ben Twomey, chief executive of Generation Rent, said: “Whoever forms the next government must make rental reform a key part of their agenda. This means proper protections from evictions when we have done nothing wrong, and limits on unaffordable rent rises so we can’t be turfed on to the streets at a landlords’ whim.”

Tom Darling, campaign manager of the Renters’ Reform Coalition, said: “We look forward to parties setting out how they plan to tackle the acute crisis of insecurity, disrepair and unaffordability facing private renters.”