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Majority of tenants are satisfied as private rented sector grows

Friday 20 July 2018

The vast majority of private sector tenants (84 per cent) are satisfied with their housing according to the English Housing Survey report for 2016/17. 

When it comes to social housing, the figure is a slightly lower 81 per cent.

The data has come out of an analysis of the survey by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA), which adds that 72 per cent of private sector tenants are satisfied with the way that their agent or landlord carries out repairs or maintenance, compared to 66 per cent who said the same in the social rented sector.

David Smith, RLA policy director, said: “Whilst we should never be complacent, these results confound the myths that some have peddled about the private rented sector. 

"It shows once again that the vast majority of private sector landlords do a good job and look after their properties and tenants properly. 

“The government should recognise this and ensure policy supports the vast majority of landlords who providing the good quality homes to rent we need, whilst improving enforcement to root out the criminals who have no place in the market.”

The data, published this week, also confirmed the private rented sector is growing and that across most age groups the number of private renters has increased in the last 20 years even where the proportion of private renters in that age group has not.

For example, the number of private renters aged 16-24 has increased from 365,000 to 513,000 even though the proportion has decreased (from 18 per cent to 11 per cent).

Where the proportion of private renters has increased, the increase in numbers has been particularly pronounced.

There were more than three times as many 35-44 year-olds renting privately in 2016-17 than 20 years ago: an increase from 331,000 households in 1996-97 to 1.1 million in 2016-17.

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