A national housing charity is answering a call every twenty minutes from private renters facing eviction.
Threshold's latest report shows that its advisors are handling an average of 472 queries a month from people being told they must leave their rented accommodation.
It says it's helped prevent more than 1,000 households from becoming homeless between July and September, including nearly 1,200 children.
60 per cent of notices issued to renters were because the landlord intended to sell the property.
Threshold's National Advocacy Manager Ann-Marie O'Reilly says the numbers receiving a notice of termination is becoming a significant problem;
"At the rate that we're seeing them this year it's beyond anything we've come across before. When it comes to a landlord selling at least half of those notices are actually valid whereas previously we would have seen the majority were invalid which meant the tenant didn't have to leave."