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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PRS All Party PG complain of 'bewildering' data

Following on from Sarah Teather's failed 'Revenge Eviction bill, the Private Rented Sector's All-Party Parliamentary Group has announced that far more work should be done to find out just how big a problem 'revenge eviction are in PRS.

The group complained the range of figures put forward were so “bewildering” and vastly different that they were impossible to properly judge what course of action should be best taken. They complained of not having access to “objective data that hasn’t been collected by a particular group with a vested interest was impossible”.

The data put forward by Shelter claimed that 213,000 tenants had faced eviction last year following a request to their private landlord for repairs, a figure that nobody in the lettings industry could vaguely recognise as been realistic.

The APPG chair Oliver Colvile said: “Evidence is crucial to making good policy – and at the moment we just don’t have that evidence.

“If the number of retaliatory evictions is as low as some of those who gave evidence at our inquiry suggested, then Parliament should consider whether making tenants aware of their existing rights might be better than introducing more regulations."

“If this latest amendment does go ahead, then we will still need good evidence to ensure that we can monitor its success.”

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