Here’s the problem:
At the moment, it’s completely legal for a landlord to evict you for speaking up about bad conditions.
As a result, 200,000 renters have been evicted in this way in the past year – and many more live in fear. One in twelve private renters have avoided asking for repairs in case they are evicted.
The law badly needs to change – to stamp out revenge evictions, and to give renters back the confidence they need to ask for basic repairs.
What can we do about it?
On 28 November, MPs have the chance to end revenge eviction.
They’ll be debating a small change to the law: to stop landlords issuing an eviction notice when the tenant has made a legitimate complaint about conditions.
For the Bill to pass, enough MPs need to attend the debate and the majority need to vote in favour. You can see more about how the Bill will become law here.
How can I help?
You can tell your MP to save the date – to attend Parliament on 28 November and vote to end revenge evictions.
Normally, MPs go back home on a Thursday to do constituency work on a Friday. This time, we need them to stay in Westminster until Friday morning, so they can vote to change the lives of the thousands of renters they represent.
‘When we moved in, we couldn’t believe our luck - the place was spotless! But it became clear very quickly that major faults had just been painted over.
‘The house is a death trap – it has massive cracks in the walls and my elder daughter has had a ceiling collapse on her. Last month my son spilt a small amount of his drink, it went down the side of the landing carpet and through the floorboards and caused several big electrical explosions.
‘When we asked the landlord for repairs, she served us a section 21 eviction notice. How can she be allowed to treat us like this?’
David Arkle, Housing Manager, Amber Valley Borough Council
‘An increasing number of renters tell us that following the council asking their landlords to make repairs, an eviction notice is swiftly served. This is why we strongly support Shelter's proposals to restrict the use of Section 21 notices where there are serious hazards. These protections would provide far greater numbers of renters with the confidence to report poor conditions to their landlord or council.’
‘I’m delighted to be working with Shelter and the Government to tackle revenge evictions.
‘In my 11 years as an MP, a number of victims of revenge eviction have come through the doors of my constituency office in Willesden Green needing my help. But there is little I or anyone else can do to stop landlords evicting tenants simply because they have reported dangerous or unsanitary conditions in their homes.’
You can read our guest blog from Andrew Smith, Labour MP for Oxford East and Nicola Blackwood, Conservative MP for Oxford West and Abingdon on why they are supporting the Bill.
If you would like a bit more detail you can read our parliamentary briefing.
These civil society organisations are supporting the bill, and want to see an end to revenge evictions.
Shelter’s 9 million renters campaign is run with the support of British Gas, as part of our partnership to improve the conditions of privately rented homes.