Hull is black spot for home loss risk

Published: Wednesday 3rd December 2014 by The News Editor

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Sky-high housing costs have left thousands of Hull families in danger of losing their homes, new research suggests.

The study, carried out by Shelter, shows more people in the city face being evicted or having their homes repossessed than anywhere else in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

According to the charity, one in every 85 households in Hull is at risk of not being able to keep a roof over their heads. Across the region as a whole the number is one in every 139.

Shelter says people have been left on the brink of financial crisis by the increasing cost of buying or renting a property.

Its chief executive, Campbell Robb, says thousands of people a week are receiving letters advising them that they are in danger of repossession or eviction.

A single further piece of bad luck, he adds, can then push them over the brink and into homelessness.

Mr Robb says although the charity’s services are already overstretched, advisers would be working round the clock over the Christmas period to help families at risk of losing their home.

Shelter’s study is based on figures that the Ministry of Justice has recorded.

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Published: Wednesday 3rd December 2014 by The News Editor

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