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Government 'cannot guarantee that every tenancy will be retained'

Housing Minister Chris Pincher has said the government "cannot guarantee that every tenancy will be retained" after being quizzed on the evictions ban.

He was answering questions from MPs after an emergency debate was secured by Labour's Shadow Housing Secretary, Thangam Debbonaire.

When asked by Justin Madders, Labour MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, about whether "no one would lose their home" was still a promise the government could keep, Pincher responded: "We are now moving into a new stage of this crisis, where we are trying to normalise our economy and society.

"Of course I cannot guarantee that every tenancy will be retained, but we have taken steps to ensure that tenants are supported. We will continue to take those steps."

When later asked about the severity of the evictions that could come down the line, Pincher said "I do not see this tsunami (of evictions)" that other MPs have been reporting.

His comments came shortly before Citizens Advice revealed a huge 332% increase in concern from private renters about rent arrears and evictions.

Other MPs raised concerns about section 21 and section 8 evictions being used in courts, echoing criticism from Generation Rent, who called the new rules "worthless".