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Tenants fear "revenge evictions" if they complain to landlords

Tenants increasingly fear becoming victims of "revenge evictions" according to Shelter. Credit: PA images.

A national housing charity says it has seen a record increase in the number of tenants reporting that they are afraid of being evicted from their homes.

The number of calls Shelter took from people in the East of England has more than doubled from 250 to nearly 600 in 12 months.

Nine per cent of the tenants it asked said they had avoided asking their landlord to repair a problem or improve conditions in the last year because they feared eviction.

Shelter is calling them "revenge evictions" and said a worrying 2% of people contacting them had become victims after they dared to complain about a problem that was not their responsibility.

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins is reviewing whether to change the law to tackle the problem. Today, Shelter called for stronger protection from eviction for renters who reported bad conditions.