Urgent need to improve conditions for renters, says CIEH

Publication Date: 2nd March 2017

Subject: Housing

Responding to the English Housing Survey findings, Tamara Sandoul, Policy Manager for the CIEH, said: 

“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 standards.”


Notes to editors 

For CIEH enquiries, please contact Steven Fifer on: 020 7827 5922 or email s.fifer@cieh.org

Link to English Housing Survey: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/english-housing-survey-2015-to-2016-headline-report 

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