Social landlords in England & Wales evict far more than private landlords. This has always been the case since official statistics were first published in 1999.
For every 2 private landlord evictions there are 5 by social (sic) landlords
Many will find those facts bemusing as the level of propaganda used by social housing lobbies and sycophantic actors in politicians and homeless lobbies is the private landlord is the bogeyman, the proverbial inhumane and nasty bastard while a ‘social’ landlord is beneficent and wouldn’t dream of doing the ‘nasty bastard’ practises – is the commonly-held view.
An article in Inside Housing today here says so and typifies the chronic deceit and propaganda that characterises the social rented sector. Like all propagandists Inside Housing – the leading trade journal for the social rented sector – even draft a tweet for its readers to copy and retweet to disseminate the propaganda:
The operative phrase that I have highlighted is FOR THE FIRST TIME and that says it all as it means, in ordinary and non-pandemic times, that evictions by social landlords are typically much higher than evictions from private landlords.
The article later puts the numbers on the evictions by tenure to reveal:-
“In the first quarter of 2020, social landlords made 14,119 possession claims in the county courts. Private landlords made 5,884.”
In short for every two private landlord possession claims there are five in the social rented sector
The article even goes on to admit that social landlord eviction claims are and have always been higher than those in the private rented sector:
“Eviction claims by social landlords have consistently been much more common than those by private landlords since the MoJ began compiling the statistics in 1999”
In short, social landlords evict far more than private landlords in England & Wales
Despite these admissions and facts the public, the politician, the activist, the media and every other actor on the homeless and housing stages believes the overall narrative of private landlord bad / social landlord good.
I am not saying private landlords are good. I am saying ALL landlords can be nasty bastards and the irrefutable facts and official statistics confirm that. I am saying we need to be realistic and label the social rented sector with the same cynicism we only give to the private rented sector. I am saying stop assessing rented housing from the massively errant view of SRS landlord good and PRS landlord bad and wake up and smell the coffee FFS!
The end of the ‘pandemic eviction ban’ is now here and the media is full of articles stating how many private renters will be evicted and perpetuating the false narrative that it is ONLY the private renter who is at acute risk of homelessness. This is unadulterated bullshit and despite the official Ministry of Justice statistics and fact revealing that social landlord evict more than private landlords this patently negligent narrative is the norm.
In August 2020 I posted an article which reported that the projections of those to be evicted post-pandemic and post eviction ban, which is the immediate context today, revealed MORE existing social renting tenants were to be evicted than private renting tenants and which I developed the simplest of graphic charts below.
The above projections from Shelter (July 2020) and the District Council Network (May 2020) are for households not persons to be evicted post pandemic. When we factor in the average household size of 2.3 persons they equate to 625,000 men, women and children evicted from council and HA properties and a further 525,000 men, women and children from the private rented sector making 1,150,000 in total men, women and children evicted due to pandemic arrears – a population the size of Merseyside – so the problem is huge in terms of scale – yet the media narrative is this is only going to happen to the private renting tenant by the nasty bastard bogeyman that is the private landlord.
ALL of the available data, fact and official statistic reveals this to be propagandist bullshit and a hugely errant narrative. Shelter, Crisis, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Generation Rent, the Guardian, the Observer, the Times, the BBC, The Labour Party as the official opposition (such as it is) all promote this errant, deceitful and distorted myth and all are shameless in doing so – as is the assumptive left-wing housing activist who errantly assume that the private landlord is the only nasty bastard when the council landlord and the housing association landlord is just as much, if not more of a nasty bastard.
But hey, they have ALL ignored housing facts for decades whilst they promote the myth of SRS landlord good and PRS landlord bad being correct and not the chronic distortion that irrefutable fact reveals …