Transforming the Private Rented Sector

Why we are transforming the private rented sector

The private rented sector is too often characterised by insecurity, poor living conditions, high rents and lack of choice, meaning that many tenants experience instability and inequality. In addition, growth of the private rented sector in recent years means that it is now larger than the social housing sector and in many cases it is now the only housing option accessible to many of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK.

The unacceptable living conditions and the number of already disadvantaged people being forced to live in these homes is having a massive negative social impact, not just on individuals, but on our society as whole. People are suffering from the financial hardship because of unaffordable housing costs, and the private rented sector also affects physical and mental health, as well opportunities to maximise employment and education. Combined, these disadvantages make it very difficult to establish settled and financially secure lives.

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