Homelessness and insecure tenancies

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Reference: 
2015/3676
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Are you concerned at the rising number of people becoming homeless at the end of their assured shorthold tenancy?

Answer

Answer for Homelessness and insecure tenancies

Answer for Homelessness and insecure tenancies

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Any rise in homelessness is a cause for real concern and termination of an assured shorthold tenancy is now the single biggest trigger of homelessness. But we need to bear in mind the fact that the private rented sector itself has grown dramatically - by an estimated 46% over the five years between 2008/09 and 2013/14 - and so it is not surprising that the number of homelessness cases arising from the private rented sector has also grown.

This trend underlines the vital importance of work I am doing to increase the supply of homes of all tenures. Last year we delivered almost 18,000 affordable homes, the largest number since 1981, and I am on track to deliver 100,000 affordable homes across my two Mayoral terms.