Responding to the Government’s announcement that landlords will no longer be able to unfairly evict tenants, a Local Government Association spokesperson, said:
“Housing security is critical for the health and wellbeing of families and everyone deserves a safe, secure and affordable place to call home.
“The vast majority of landlords are responsible and provide decent housing for their tenants, but their reputation can be tarnished by a minority that can exploit loopholes with little regard to the welfare of tenants.
“Around a third of all families that councils accepted as homeless last year were made homeless by the ending of an assured shorthold tenancy. We therefore look forward to exploring the detail of the proposals that aim to ensure that landlords cannot evict tenants without sufficient warning or justification.
“However, the proposal does not address the unaffordability of housing which is a key reason why many families lose their tenancy and become homeless. To address this the Government needs to adapt welfare reforms, and reform Right to Buy so that councils can build more genuinely affordable council homes.”