'One in 50' private tenants faced 'revenge eviction'

One in 50 tenants who rents from a private landlord in England was evicted or served with a notice in the last year because they complained about a problem in their home, research suggests.

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Shelter is launching an online petition at www.shelter.org.uk/9millionrenters to protect tenants from "unfair" evictions. Credit: PA

An estimated 213,000 people across England faced losing their rented accommodation because they approached their landlord, letting agent or local council about getting a problem fixed, according to a survey by housing charity Shelter.

The YouGov poll, which questioned more than 4,500 private renters, suggested many more renters were too scared of losing their home to complain at all.

Shelter said a family living in Norfolk had been handed an eviction notice three weeks after reporting damp and mould to their landlord.

Another family from Lancashire complained about a leaking roof, and were then told by their landlord it "wasn't worth his while", before being served with an eviction notice.

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'Revenge evictions' hit 200,000 tenants last year, say Shelter

More than 200,000 rental sector tenants were estimated to have been subjected to a "revenge eviction" after asking for a problem in their home to be fixed, according to housing charity Shelter.