A number of UK-based organisations have urged the government to change landlord law so that tenants are better protected in the event of their property owners having homes repossessed.

Charities Shelter, Crisis and Citizens Advice, as well as the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), want new legislation to ensure tenants can find alternative accommodation if their private landlords default on mortgage payments.

They have requested that courts have the power to defer lenders gaining repossession of properties in these circumstances.

Earlier this month, the Association of Residential Letting Agents included proposals for protecting tenants in its Budget submission, which it hopes chancellor Alistair Darling will take heed of ahead of next month's speech.

Citizens Advice chief executive David Harker said: "The government has pledged to do all it can to prevent people losing their homes as a result of the recession, yet we have these forgotten victims of the repossessions crisis - tenants."

Sarah Webb, CIH chief executive, said that some tenants "are being left to the mercy of market forces".

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