Evictions rocket

Eviction from private rented property has become the biggest cause of homelessness in Bristol for the first time in four years.

A total of 234 households were told to leave properties by their landlord between October and December – more than double during the same period in 2019.

A city council meeting was told there are now more than 1,500 families and single people in temporary accommodation in Bristol, while more than 6,000 without a roof over their head ask the local authority for help every year – a 25 per cent rise since the pandemic. Cabinet members approved measures to tackle the spiralling problem but admitted it was a “sticking plaster” as they urged the Government to take urgent action amid a “horrendous” national crisis.

By Adam Postans, Local Democracy Reporter