Part of Essex has been named as one of the UK’s hotspots for the number of people facing losing their rented home in the run up to Christmas.
Housing charity Shelter estimates Barking and Dagenham has the second highest number of tenants that had legal action taken against them in the last year, by landlords who were owed money
Across the country, it says there are over 149,000 renting households at risk of eviction in the last year – equivalent to approximately one renter every minute and a half.
Enfield in London topped the list with as many as 1 in every 21 rented homes at risk of eviction, followed by Barking and Dagenham (1 in 22) and Redbridge (1 in 27), also in the capital.
But the problem stretches well beyond London. Areas such as Peterborough, where 1 in 32 rented homes are at risk, Luton (1 in 32) and Rochdale (1 in 36) also made it into the country’s top twenty-five eviction hotspots.
The charity is warning that a combination of rising rents, cuts to housing benefit and a lack of affordable homes will leave thousands of families battling to keep a roof over their heads this Christmas.