9:54 AM, 14th September 2021, About 2 weeks ago 23
Shelter are claiming that 45% of private tenants in England are victims of some form of illegal behaviour carried out by their landlord or letting agent.
Research carried out on Shelter’s behalf by YouGov surveying 3,5000 PRS tenants reported 25% of tenants suffered landlords or letting agents entering a property without permission. The YouGov survey also found:
22% of tenants reported essential safety or household appliances like smoke alarms, central heating or water supplies were not working when they moved into a property.
18% said their landlord or letting agent had broken the law by failing to secure their deposit in an approved Government protection scheme.
9% reported they’d been threatened or harassed by their landlord or letting agent.
Polly Neate, Shelter’s chief executive said: “Home is everything. Yet millions of private renters across the country don’t feel safe or secure in theirs because of landlords and agents who flout the law.
“People should not have to put up with broken safety alarms, strangers bursting into their homes unannounced or the threat of harassment and violence. Enough is enough. Nobody is above the law and renters are tired of being powerless to enforce their rights.
“The government has promised voters a fairer private renting system that punishes illegal behaviour by landlords and letting agents. To deliver on this promise, its Renters’ Reform Bill must include a National Landlord Register that makes landlords fully accountable and helps drive up standards across private renting.”
Paul Shamplina of Landlord Action responded on Facebook: “Shelter UK you are just scaremongering, your stats are not a true reflection of the PRS, the 3500 tenants you would have surveyed are tenants that have contacted you, who naturally have issues with their landlords, so their percentage will be way higher.
“Didn’t the English Housing Survey say 83% of tenants are happy with their accommodation in the PRS. Of course, there is a lot of work to be done in raising standards. I think your strategy would be best suited pursuing the Social Landlords, especially after watching ITVs ‘ Living in Squalor’. Polly Neate I’m happy to debate with you.”
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