Four housing charities, including Shelter and Citizens Advice, say they are concerned at the growing numbers of private tenants who face eviction with little warning because their landlord has defaulted on mortgage payments and the lender has taken possession of the property.
The campaign is calling for a change in the law in order to give courts the power to defer repossession to allow the tenant to find other suitable accommodation. The National Landlords’ Association has also backed the campaign.
The CML says the group most affected will be tenants unwittingly renting properties under owner-occupied mortgages without the lenders’ knowledge or consent and says legislation around this needs to be reviewed.
Director general Michael Coogan says: “Good tenants should not be disadvantaged, and nor should lenders, by the irresponsible behaviour of a small minority of landlords. We look forward to working with the Government and advice agencies on effec- tive measures.”