London boroughs accounted for eight in 10 local authorities with the highest rates of landlord possession claims, data from the Ministry of Justice shows.
Newham had the highest rate of possession claims, 118 per 100,000 households, followed by Brent (115 per 100,000) and Ealing (106 per 100,000). After London the South East was the area with the most possession claims, as it seems there’s a correlation between more expensive areas to rent and the number of claims.
Due to great number of private tenants working in London’s service sector currently under lock-down and high cost of renting, private rent prices have gone down in recent months. There is a strong competition between traditional landlords and institutionally-backed build to rent sector. Additionally, England hasn’t introduced a tenant loan scheme, which would help renters to continue to pay their rent on a low-interest loan.