Everyone deserves to live in a warm safe home, so it’s a scandal that some renters can still be forced to uproot and relocate in the space of eight weeks for no reason at all.

The government promised to ban these “no fault evictions” back in 2019 but has continued to drag its feet.

Change finally seemed to be on the horizon this week, until a deal with its backbenchers raised concerns of yet another delay.

Currently, many landlords refuse to offer renters a fixed-term contract. Those renters effectively have no choice but to live under the continued threat of unjustified eviction.

According to the housing charity Shelter, in the last year, more than 24,000 households were threatened with homelessness because of ‘no fault evictions’ - an increase of 21 per cent on the previous year.

I’ve seen this shift in St Albans too. In many cases, it forces families out of the area altogether: away from the place they call home and the schools, services, and social networks upon which they rely. In other cases, they become homeless.

So now, as the government enters its last year of its five-year term, it finally brought forward a Bill to ban these ‘no fault evictions’ as it promised in 2019.

However, after years of delay, it looks like the Conservatives are going to push back the implementation of the ban even further.

Conservative Ministers claim that the court backlogs are so bad that the courts simply can’t cope with this new law just yet.

But opposition MPs said this was nonsense and the government was just trying to see off a rebellion from some of its backbench MPs who are landlords and could lose out.

The Liberal Democrats have called on the 68 Conservative MPs who are landlords to reveal if they have ever enforced a ‘no fault eviction’.

This is to ensure that those affected by the delay of this ban may know the true motivations of the Conservative MPs who oppose it.

Until a ban on ‘no fault evictions’ comes into law - and into effect - many people who rent will unfairly continue to live under a cloud of financial uncertainty