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A Shelter commissioned YouGov survey has found many of Generation Rent are being failed by their landlord. Shelter are worried these rogue landlords may take on the many families that could be forced out of social housing.
Their survey found that in the last decade, 7.5 million (16%) have had trouble with their landlord and some, 7%, were too scared to contact their landlord because they were wary of the consequences.
Contacting these rogue landlords hasn’t always helped for tenants though, three million of those surveyed said their landlord still did nothing after being contacted.
The results coincide with the airing of a Channel Four dispatches documentary tonight, ‘Landlords from Hell’, looking at rogue landlords and what they put their tenants through.
Campbell Robb, Shelter’s Chief Executive said: ‘It is wholly unacceptable that people are left to live in conditions like those exposed in today’s programme. Throughout this campaign we have been continually shocked at the treatment tenants receive at the hands of these unscrupulous operators.’
Mr Robb also said he was ‘worried’ by the numbers that were being affected.
Two-thirds said they were in favour of better rules for landlords and more protection for tenants.
Mr Robb went on to say: ‘The Government has to recognise its responsibility to protect this vast and growing population of private tenants, especially as our research has proved that Generation Rent want better rules to protect them.
‘We urge the Housing Minister to work closely with all local authorities and ensure they are using every weapon in their armoury to crack down on unlawful operators, like those exposed in Dispatches. It is absolutely essential that we are sending a clear signal to tenants, landlords and local authorities that enforcing the law against rogue landlords is a priority.’
Landlords from Hell is on Channel 4 tonight, at 8pm.
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