The number of evictions in England and Wales have soared to the highest level since records began, according to official Government figures.
Ministry of Justice figures show that 41,956 households who rented their homes were evicted between January to December 2014.
Around 8,000 families in England and Wales are losing their home every month, reports 24dash.com.
The shocking figure represents an 11% increase on the previous year and is at the highest level since records began in 2000.
An estimated 21% of landlord possession claims made by landlords between October to December 2014 will result in tenants being evicted. But the figure could be anywhere between 17% and 24%.
Rob Campbell , chief executive of the housing and homeless charity Shelter, warned of the “devastating impact” a shortage of affordable homes is having on struggling households.
“With the cost of housing sky-high, we are hearing from increasing numbers of families who are terrified that just one thing, like a sudden illness or job loss, will leave them homeless”, he said.
Mr Campbell slammed Government welfare cuts for “making it harder and harder for people to stay in their homes”.
He urged politicians from all parties to “commit to building the genuinely affordable homes that we desperately need”.
In related news, a Bill is currently passing through parliament which could make so-called revenge or retaliatory evictions illegal.
If the Bill is passed into law, it would prevent landlords from evicting tenants within six months of receiving an improvement or hazard awareness notice.
Source – Welfare Weekly, 12 Feb 2015