Urgent need to improve conditions for renters, says CIEH
Publication Date: 2nd March 2017
Responding to the
English Housing Survey findings, Tamara Sandoul, Policy Manager for the CIEH,
“This confirms there is an urgent need to improve
conditions for those renting. A massive 36% of families now live in rented accommodation,
yet we know that almost a third of homes in this sector are not decent. Tenants
spend more of their household income on rent than anyone else and they’re more
likely to suffer over-crowding and poor energy efficiency.
“This is unacceptable and yet the Government seems to
only want to address housing supply. 4.5 million households deserve better and
while measures to tackle rogue landlords are welcome, we would like to see the
Government do more to protect all tenants, such as extending length of minimum tenancy
agreements, and also ensure older housing stock is brought up to 21st Century
Notes to editors
For CIEH enquiries, please contact Steven Fifer on: 020
7827 5922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link to English
Housing Survey: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/english-housing-survey-2015-to-2016-headline-report
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