Join Advice for Renters' march on parliament to stop unfair evictions

Advice4Renters in Willesden Lane. Picture: Google

Advice4Renters in Willesden Lane. Picture: Google - Credit: Archant

A Willesden housing charity is urging renters to join them at the Houses of Parliament as they call on government to end unfair evictions.

At the end of September the government's covid protections for renters will end making it easier for landlords to evict tenants.

Advice for Renters staff are asking people to meet them at their offices at 36/38 Willesden Lane at 11.30am on Tuesday (September 14) to travel to parliament together.

Alternatively people can meet the group at the Statue of George V, in Abingdon Street, at 12.45pm. 

Jacky Peacock OBE, chief exec of AFR, said: "At the end of September, the Government’s coronavirus protections for renters come to an end.

"From next month, landlords will once again be able to evict tenants for no reason, with just two months’ notice.  

"England’s 11 million private renters need a safe and secure place to call home.

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"We can’t go back. It’s time to make private renting better, not worse. The Government must deliver on its promise to renters."

She added: "We will be meeting MPs, talking about our experiences as renters and asking them to stand up for renters in Parliament."

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)said: "Our £352 billion support package has supported renters throughout the pandemic, helping to prevent a build-up of rent arrears and we remain committed to abolishing Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions to give tenants greater security and strengthen repossession grounds for landlords.

“We’ve also made huge progress to bring rough sleepers off the streets during the pandemic through the Everyone In programme, with 37,000 people in safe and secure accommodation as a result of this effort, including 26,000 already moved into longer-term accommodation.”

They said a White Paper will be soon published that will set out proposals to create "a fairer private rented sector that works for both landlords and tenants".

Proposals includes repealing Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, to improve security for tenants by putting an end to evictions where the landlord doesn’t have to provide a reason.

"At the same time, we want to ensure landlords have the tools they need to gain possession of their property when they have a valid reason to do so," they added.