More tenants happy to be evicted as they want a council house

Evictions specialist Paul Shamplina says that most landlords are not serving Section 21 notices as “retaliatory evictions” but simply because of changes in the market.

He said that some landlords want to cash in on a stronger sales market.

In other cases, he says the tenants themselves want to be evicted because they want to be rehoused by the local council.

Councils will not normally rehouse people unless they have been made homeless.

Shamplina, of Landlord Action, said that the media is bandying about the term “revenge eviction” – and harming the reputation of good landlords.

His comments come after Citizens Advice revealed that twice as many people had reported problems with being evicted, despite not being in arrears, in the first quarter of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013.

Shamplina said his firm has seen a record rise in accelerated possession proceedings from landlords being forced to evict because tenants want a council house.

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  1. MF

    Over the last 25 years we've more than once had tenants wanting to be evicted so that they can get council housing. Some have even offered to cover all of the landlord's legal expenses.

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