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Campaign to protect tenants launched

Campaign to protect tenants launched

Category: Economy

Updated: 27/03/2009
First Published: 27/03/2009

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A campaign has been launched to protect tenants who face swift eviction as their landlords' property is repossessed.

Shelter, Citizens Advice, Crisis and the Chartered Institute of Housing have teamed up to publicise the plight that is being suffered by many private tenants who are made homeless with little or no warning.

The organisations are seeking a change in the law that would see courts being given the power to defer possession, thus allowing tenants to find alternative accommodation.

MPs have been contacted and asked to sign an early day motion for a change in the law to make tackling the problem easier.

At present, the law states that only two weeks' notice is necessary before a home is repossessed. The Government has said that the period of notice will be lengthened to seven weeks from 6 April, but campaigners want more to be done.

David Harker, chief executive of Citizens Advice, commented: "The Government has pledged to do all it can to prevent people losing their homes as a result of the recession, yet we have all these forgotten victims of the repossessions crisis - tenants who have paid their rent and abided by all the terms of their tenancy agreements."

The Council of Mortgage Lenders and the National Landlords Association have both welcomed the move.

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