“Threat of tenant evictions highest in a decade”

Changes in state benefits, including the introduction of the bedroom tax and tougher sanctions on jobseekers, have helped drive the number of tenants facing the threat of eviction to its highest level in more than a decade, it was claimed .

Official figures from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) showed that between January and March landlords in England and Wales went to court to make 47,220 claims to repossess property – the equivalent of 525 a day.

The vast majority were made by social landlords, including local authorities and housing associations, which took the first steps towards eviction against more than 31,000 tenants – up 13% on the same period last year. Private landlords made nearly 6,500 claims, up 11% on 2013.