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Sadiq Khan calls on ministers to prevent 'tsunami of evictions'

THE Mayor of London has warned of an “impending tsunami of evictions” if ministers don’t implement urgent measures to protect renters as the temporary ban on evictions comes to a close at the end of next month. 

Sadiq Khan is calling for renters who’ve accrued arrears due to Covid-19 to receive eviction protection until the pandemic is over and to introduce legislation to make this happen. 

In a letter to the Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick today, the mayor said: “In a matter of weeks, local authority housing services could be overwhelmed, and we could see a flood of people onto the streets. 

“Following the herculean effort to get rough sleepers off the streets and into hotels to self-isolate, it would be a tragedy if thousands more people find themselves homeless due to being evicted.”

The mayor also wants the government to introduce “triple lock” protections as well as ending the “discriminatory” right to rent policy. 

The eviction ban is due to come to an end on August 23.

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