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Nine London boroughs top UK list of areas where renters are at most risk of eviction

London boroughs top list of highest renter eviction risk. Credit: PA

Nine London boroughs in top 10 list of areas in the UK where renters are at most at risk of eviction, according to a housing charity.

The new figures from Shelter have revealed over 46,000 renting households in London were put at risk of losing their home in the past year – equivalent to 109,608 renters.

Eviction 'hotpots'. Credit: Shelter

Its analysis of statistics from the Ministry of Justice, showed that 1 in every 38 rented homes in London were at risk of eviction.

The charity also identified the ‘home threat hotspots’ across the city where renters face the greatest risk of losing their home, which comes as a result of the chronic shortage of affordable homes combined with crippling welfare cuts.

Enfield topped the list with 1 in 23 rented homes under threat of eviction, followed by Barking and Dagenham (also 1 in 23), and Havering (1 in 27).

Nine boroughs in top 10 where renters are at most at risk of eviction:

As many as 350,000 who are renting in England were said to be at risk of eviction in the last year, according to a homelessness charity.

Shelter says he number of renters at risk of losing their home over the last year is equivalent to more than the population of Leicester, the housing charity said.

  • Where renters are at most at risk of eviction:

(Rank, number of renting households put at risk - Shelter)

1, Enfield, 2,314, 1 in 23

2, Barking and Dagenham, 1647, 1 in 23

3, Havering, 939, 1 in 27

4, Croydon, 2,220, 1 in27

5, Ealing, 2,165, 1 in 28

6, Brent, 2,243, 1 in 29

7, Hillingdon, 1,324, 1 in 29

8, Bexley, 867, 1 in 29

9, Newham, 2,414, 1 in 30

10, Waltham Forest, 1,661, 1 in 30

11, Redbridge, 1,241, 1 in 30

12, Harrow, 993, 1 in 30

13, Lewisham, 2,258, 1 in 31

14, Haringey, 2,068, 1 in 31

15, Greenwich, 1,806, 1 in 33

16, Bromley, 1,120, 1 in 34

17, Southwark, 2,369, 1 in 37

18, Barnet, 1,604, 1 in 37

19, Hackney, 1,894, 1 in 42

20, Hounslow, 1,122, 1 in 43

21, Lambeth, 2,063, 1 in 44

22, Sutton, 577, 1 in 45

23, Merton, 723, 1 in 46

24, Tower Hamlets, 1,671 1 in, 49

25, Wandsworth, 1,302, 1 in 54

26, Islington, 1,233, 1 in 57

27, Westminster, 1,298, 1 in 58

28, Kensington and Chelsea, 756, 1 in 65

29, Kingston upon Thames, 354, 1 in 67

30, Hammersmith and Fulham, 711, 1 in 73

31, Camden, 938, 1 in 73

32, Richmond upon Thames, 339, 1 in 87

33, City of London, 14, 1 in 194

* London, 46,248, 1 in 38

Every day at Shelter we hear from people who are struggling to keep up with their rent, many in total desperation after the court papers land on their doormat and the threat of being evicted becomes very real.

– Nadeem Khan, a helpline adviser for Shelter

Shelter, whose figures include private and social renters, named Enfield in London as the country's top "home threat hotspot" - with one in 23 rented homes there under threat of eviction in the last year.

Its analysis of figures from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) found more than 148,000 renting households in England were put at risk of losing their home between April 2015 and March 2016. This equates to one in every 55 renting households across England.

The MoJ figures record possession claims, which are the first stage in a court process which can ultimately end with the loss of a home.

Map of England's 'home threat hotspots'. Credit: Shelter

Shelter said the issue stretches beyond London, with places such as Luton, Thurrock and Peterborough also making up the country's top 20 "home threat hotspots".

The charity said in the past year alone, over 9,800 people facing eviction have called the Shelter helpline for advice and 500,000 people have visited the Shelter website's eviction advice pages.