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Families renting in Solihull and Leicester in eviction hotspots

A charity has identified hotspots across the country where renters are most likely to face the risk of losing their home, with Solihull and Leicester among those on the list.

Shelter released their findings as part of their Christmas appeal. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Shelter released their findings as part of their Christmas appeal.

They have blamed rapidly rising rents, drastic cuts to housing benefit and a chronic lack of genuinely affordable homes are ramping up the pressure on tenants.

A private sector rental index from estate agents Your Move and Reeds Rains recently found:

£36
They need to find this much more a month to cover their rent, compared to a year ago.
£806
The average monthly private sector rent. It was £770 last year.
2,400 children in the West Midlands will wake up homeless this Christmas. Credit: PA

The charity also identified the hotspots in the West Midlands where renters are most likely to face losing their home.

Solihull topped the list with as many as 1 in every 43 rented homes at risk of eviction, followed by Wyre Forest (1 in 45) and Coventry (1 in 49).

According to the charity:

80
How many renters a day in the West Midlands are put at risk of losing their home.
8,500
The number of renters in the region who have been evicted in the last year.
2,400
children in the West Midlands will wake up homeless this Christmas.

It’s shocking to think that each and every week, hundreds of people in the region receive a notice through the door with the devastating news that they might lose their home. We speak to parents every day who are desperately trying to keep a roof over their children’s heads, but with rents soaring and housing support being slashed, many are finding themselves at breaking point. Our advisers will be working non-stop over the festive period to support families at risk of losing their home - but sadly our helpline is receiving a huge number of calls and our services are straining under the demand."

– Alison Mohammed, Shelter’s Director of Services

Shelter’s helpline is open all year round, including Christmas day, and is staffed by a dedicated team of expert advisers offering free advice and support to anyone who needs it.