One in four private renters in London are struggling to keep up with their rent, with evictions due to resume in a fortnight, City Hall has said.
London mayor Sadiq Khan said the government must act soon to avoid a “tsunami of evictions” before the eviction ban ends on 23 August.
Mr Khan has asked that the ban on eviction court cases is extended again.
“It would be a tragedy if thousands more find themselves homeless,” he said.
The ban was previously extended on 25 June, after a three-month abstention originally announced as part of emergency coronavirus legislation in March.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said legislation introduced in March requiring landlords to give all tenants three months’ notice will remain in force for possession cases, including section 21 evictions, until 30 September.
“The government needs to wake up to the terrifying prospect facing thousands of London renters as the eviction ban comes to an end”, the mayor added.
“If nothing is done, local authority housing services could be overwhelmed, and we could see a flood of people being forced onto the streets.”