Stick that in your pipe Shelter!

Stick that in your pipe Shelter!

0:01 AM, 14th July 2023, About 11 months ago 8

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Despite what Shelter and tenant activist groups say, only a small minority (4%) of renters are evicted or asked to leave by their landlord.

The English Housing Survey Private Rented Sector report for 2021-2022 reveals the majority of renters (77%) ended their last tenancy because they wanted to move NOT because of eviction.

According to the report, the private rented sector takes up 19% of households in England.

74% of private renters say they find it easy to pay rent

According to the government survey, nearly three-quarters (74%) of private renters say they find it easy to pay rent while 26% said they find it difficult.

Those living in London and on housing benefits found it the most difficult to pay rent.

The survey reports 36% of those living in London report difficulty in paying rent compared to 23% in the rest of England.

Nearly half (46%) of people on housing support benefits have difficulty paying rent, along with 39% of renters in part-time work and 32% of renters who had children.

Private renters spend 33% of their income on rent

Renters still continue to spend a higher proportion of their household income on rent compared to those in other sectors.

On average, private renters spend 33% of their income on rent. This is higher than for social renters, who spend about 27%.

The average proportion of household income spent on rent is higher for those who live in London (41%) or the South-East (36%)

Most common age group in PRS is those aged 25-34

Nearly a third of private renters (32%) had been renting in the sector for a decade or more.

The most common age group within the private rented sector was those 25 to 34, which made up a third (33%) of private renters.

In 2021-22, the estimated average cost to improve a private rented house to at least an EPC rating of C was £7,430, with socially rented homes costing the least at £5,345.

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Joe Armstrong

9:37 AM, 14th July 2023, About 11 months ago

What no-one ever seems to take into account with these 'evictions' is the amount of times tenants actually ask their landlords to serve notice to evict them so their application for social housing is given priority.


9:54 AM, 14th July 2023, About 11 months ago

One problem about this point is that it isn't 'sexy'. It won't sell papers or get an MP brownie points.
Another difficulty is that the sort of MP who may be persuaded to 'tell the truth' is one who annoys, such as dear Sir(!) Jacob The Moggster, his own worst enemy? His pronouncements ex cathedra amuse me because I see him as essentially ridiculous but I do see why he infuriates others. The truth is not for those who want over time to convince us that the lie is the truth?

dismayed landlord

10:22 AM, 14th July 2023, About 11 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Joe Armstrong at 14/07/2023 - 09:37
Spot on. Probably about 5 times more. Tenants have requested it and I have agreed, as an unhappy tenant will probably also start missing payments or stop paying. .they have mostly been long term tenants and had kids come along but cannot afford larger PRS homes. Unfortunately the Court process, the backlogs etc are hampering this cooperation between landlord and tenants. It also leading to several families to start having health issues.


13:12 PM, 14th July 2023, About 11 months ago

at last some factual evidence to back up headline statements .i hope the likes of SHELTER and other organizations take note and learn we the public will be be very suspicious of statements made without any supporting statistical data!!!!!

Tim Rogers

14:31 PM, 14th July 2023, About 11 months ago

I don't imagine for a moment that Shelter and friends will allow some statistics to get in the way of their crusade.
Even if they accept the new figures it’ll go something like this.......
There's about 4.6 million PRS properties in the UK, 4% of that is 184,000. Multiply that by 2 to get number of adults effected, add say 75,000 for kids, round it up to a horror headline of “500,000 people thrown out on the street by evil landlords”.
In the meantime conveniently forgetting the percentage of those tenants that ask to be ‘evicted’ for their own purposes, let alone those who are nightmare tenants etc....


15:12 PM, 14th July 2023, About 11 months ago

The tenant who asks to get a notice is not acknowledged. Whoever has access to politicians must emphasize that point.


21:40 PM, 14th July 2023, About 11 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Tim Rogers at 14/07/2023 - 14:31
i do not disagree with your comments, but surely our counter has to be highlighting the positives.surely we should still challenge all unsupported claims.
i accept we do not live in a perfect world


1:07 AM, 15th July 2023, About 11 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Blodwyn at 14/07/2023 - 15:12We all have access to our member of parliament. I told mine 12 reasons why the Rental Reform Bill is a mistake and he thanked me for that. Since he was Minister for Leveling Up twice it should hardly be news to him. We must judge them by their actions. Gove provides a stream of ill considered populist nonsense but hasn't actually done it yet. Osborne made many mistakes and sadly hasn't been accountable for them. I hope his divorce is expensive and his ex-wife gets the house so he finds out about homeless and broke..

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