Call to improve stability for renting families

Data shows 3.8 million households in England were living in the private rented sector in 2011-12to let houses

Tenancy contracts must be improved to give children more stable homes and avoid disruption to their education, the housing charity Shelter says.

Shelter says one in 10 renting families in England has had to change their children’s school due to a move.

Government figures show 3.8 million households in England were living in the private rented sector in 2011-12 – 17% of the total.

The National Landlords Association said it backed the call for stability.

In a survey of 4,327 adults living in the private-rental sector in England, Shelter found 44% thought their children would have a better childhood if they had more stability in their housing arrangements.

Less than 10% of those surveyed valued the freedom and flexibility renting gave them.

And 28% said their landlord or letting agent had failed to carry out repairs or deal with poor conditions in the past year.

The poll found nearly two-thirds of renting families (64%) would like to own their own home but do not think they will ever be able to afford it, and 43% expect to be living in rented accommodation for the next 10 years.

Shelter says a generation of children is growing up in “unstable, unaffordable, poor quality homes”.

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