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Some 8,399 landlords in England started Section 21 no fault eviction court proceedings against their tenants between July and September – the highest number for seven years.

With the number of court proceedings resulting from no-fault evictions climbing by 38% in a year, Shelter urged the government not to further delay the implementation of the Renters (Reform) Bill and the scrapping of Section 21.

Some 2,307 households were removed from their homes by bailiffs as due to Section 21.

Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, said: “It beggars belief that this government is prepared to use cynical tactics to delay the banning of no-fault evictions, while record numbers of renters are being removed from their homes without cause.

“Renters have waited four long years for the government to come good on scrapping Section 21, to make that now dependent on unspecified court reforms taking place is ludicrous. Renters shouldn’t have to live for one more day with the fear they can be evicted from their home for no reason, knowing that once that notice lands on their doormat, there is nothing they can do.

“With homelessness at record levels, there’s no excuse for putting the ban on unfair no fault evictions on ice. If the government plans to keep its promises to England’s 11 million private renters, it must give a clear timeline of when it will pass the Bill and enforce the ban.”

No fault evictions resulted in 24,260 households being threatened with homelessness in 2022/23 – an increase of 23% compared to the previous 12 months.

The government first promised to scrap no fault evictions in its 2019 manifesto.