Increasing numbers of people are falling badly behind on their rent

Number of tenants more than two months behind on rent nearly at 100,000 mark

Between April and June the number of tenants in severe rental arrears - defined as being more than two months behind on payments -  rose by 3.3 per cent over the previous three months, according to figures from LSL Property Services, owners of Templeton LPA, the specialist practice of LPA Receivers.

The number of tenants in severe arrears rose by 3,000 to 98,000 in the same period, making it the third highest level on record. Those in serious arrears now represent 2.4 per cent of all tenancies in England and Wales.

Paul Jardine, director and receiver at Templeton LPA, said: “A troubled minority is feeling the pinch sharply.  Slower rent rises in the last couple of months have provided some relief.  However, the longer-term battle is with other forms of inflation, plus unemployment and anaemic wage growth.  Consumer inflation is persistently outpacing the Bank of England’s target, and escalating much faster than either rents or wages.

"If 2013 isn’t another false economic dawn then the financial position of these struggling tenants could start to improve later in the year.  But tenants in severe arrears will be among those squinting the hardest to glimpse the light at the end of the tunnel.  Whether the recession included a single, double or triple dip makes very little difference – there are a growing block of tenants who can’t keep their heads above the rising tide of inflation and weak wage growth.  Until the rising cost of living begins to subside, the number of tenants in severe arrears is likely to mushroom even further."

The number of tenants facing eviction through court order has also grown - in the first three months of 2013 nearly 28,500 tenants faced eviction notices,the highest level ever recorded.

Latest Census figures from the Office of National Statistics show that 1 in 5 families in England now rent from a private landlord. Housing charity Shelter has warned that unless the Government builds more affordable homes to tackle the housing shortage, more families will join ‘generation rent’.

Campbell Robb, Shelter’s Chief Executive, said: "Stagnant wages and rising rents make it easy to understand why so many people are struggling to keep up with their rent, with some on the brink of losing their homes. The downward spiral that leads to mounting arrears can seem impossible to get out of, and at Shelter we see families every day who are simply unable to stretch their incomes far enough to cope with escalating bills.

"It’s easy for people to bury their heads in the sand and hope the problems will go away, but we urge anyone struggling to keep up with payments to seek advice as early as possible."

Discover more property articles at Homes and Property
FootballGerman sparks three goals in four minutes at favourite No 10 role
Rumer was diagnosed with bipolarity, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder: 'I was convinced it was a misdiagnosis'
peopleHer debut album caused her post-traumatic stress - how will she cope as she releases her third record?
A long jumper competes in the 80-to-84-year-old age division at the 2007 World Masters Championships
Arts and Entertainment
tvHighs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
Life and Style
Children at the Leytonstone branch of the Homeless Children's Aid and Adoption Society tuck into their harvest festival gifts, in October 1936
food + drinkThe harvest festival is back, but forget cans of tuna and packets of instant mash
Lewis Hamilton will start the Singapore Grand Prix from pole, with Nico Rosberg second and Daniel Ricciardo third
F1... for floodlit Singapore Grand Prix
New Articles
Life and Style
Couples have been having sex less in 2014, according to a new survey
Property search
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Volunteer Trustee opportunities now available at The Society for Experimental Biology

Unpaid Voluntary Position : Reach Volunteering: Volunteer your expertise as Tr...

Early Years Educator

£68 - £73 per day + Competitive rates of pay based on experience: Randstad Edu...

Nursery Nurse

£69 - £73 per day + Competitive London rates of pay: Randstad Education Group:...

Primary KS1 NQTs required in Lambeth

£117 - £157 per day + Competitive London rates: Randstad Education Group: * Pr...

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam