Despite dire warnings from Generation Rent, Shelter and other campaigners, it appears that the end of the eviction ban did not produce the flurry of evictions that were originally feared.
New figures from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) show a dramatic long-term decline in the number of possessions in the private rental sector - and take the wind out of the sales of calls for S21 eviction powers to be scrapped.
The MoJ stated: ‘When compared to the same quarter in 2019, landlord possession claims, orders, warrants and repossessions by county court bailiffs have decreased by 64%, 75%, 69% and 35% respectively…decreases in possession claims have been recorded over all regions. Landlord claims remained concentrated in London (with seven of the highest 10 claim rates).’
Timothy Douglas, policy manager at Propertymark, said: “Looking back to 2016, the figures have been on a steady downwards trajectory for a number of years, throughout the pandemic in particular letting agents have worked tirelessly, communicating between landlords and tenants to resolve issues by negotiating rent reductions and offering mediation along the way.”