Renting in the private sector offers precious little security. The landlord has the power to evict a tenant with two months’ notice. No reason has to be given. These ‘section 21’ evictions are the number one cause of homelessness in England and Wales.
Under Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, landlords can evict a tenant from a property without giving a reason. This power has encouraged landlords to treat property as an easy investment, letting disposable tenants pay the mortgage while they wait for house prices to rise, and then evicting the tenants and selling the house.
Because these section 21 evictions are still evictions, there have been cases where local authorities have claimed that the tenants made themselves intentionally homeless – meaning the evictee doesn’t qualify for emergency accommodation from the Council. Tenants finding themselves in such a situation rely on the kindnesses of others (friends, family, charity) to provide a temporary roof over their heads. You can see how easy it might be to wind up sleeping rough.
The Kanndoo Project
We aim to eliminate poverty and solve homelessness. The apps we produce are phase one of our project and intended to generate income that can be used to help people in poverty by addressing their immediate needs. Income generated by our apps will also be funding a later phase of our project: the creation of micro-dwellings that can serve as temporary homes. Our solution is to provide immediate accommodation for the homeless first… and have the political discussions about the balance of power between landlords and tenants later.
If you would like to get involved in the Kanndoo project, please get in touch. You can start by downloading one of our apps. They are fun, useful, and the proceeds go to helping those in need.
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Read more about unfair evictions on the Generation Rent website.