Two-fifths of renters in England ‘have had to live in dangerous conditions for fear of eviction’

Millions ‘have paid through the nose for neglected properties’, says Shelter. Jon Sharman reports

Tuesday 20 April 2021 00:15
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Mould and rot seen in an image shared with Shelter
Mould and rot seen in an image shared with Shelter

Nearly two-fifths of private renters in England say they have been forced to live in dangerous conditions for fear of being thrown out of their home for complaining, according to a survey.

Shelter said polling by YouGov suggested 39 per cent of renters, potentially some 3.2 million people, had been in this situation at some point.

Releasing the data as part of a campaign to push Boris Johnson to introduce new laws protecting renters, the charity also said 46 per cent had previously avoided asking for problems to be fixed because they thought their landlord might evict them.

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