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Most tenants satisfied with private rented housing says new data

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

A large majority of private sector tenants, 84 per cent,  are satisfied with their housing according to the English Housing Survey report for 2016/17 published today.

Satisfaction rates are higher in the private rented than the social rented sector where 81 per cent of tenants are satisfied with their housing.

The report also finds that 72 per cent of private sector tenants are satisfied with the way that their landlord carries out repairs or maintenance, compared to 66 per cent who said the same in the social rented sector.

David Smith, Policy Director for the Residential Landlords Association, said of the findings:

“Whilst we should never be complacent, these results confound the myths that some have peddled about the private rented sector.

“It shows once again that the vast majority of private sector landlords do a good job and look after their properties and tenants properly.

“The Government should recognise this and ensure policy supports the vast majority of landlords who are individuals to continue providing the good quality homes to rent we need whilst improving enforcement to root out the criminals who have no place in the market.”

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Notes:

  • The Residential Landlords Association: The home for landlords

o   The RLA represents the interests of landlords in the private rented sector across England and Wales. We are home to over 50,000 landlords nationwide, with a combined portfolio of over a quarter of a million properties. A growing community of landlords trust and rely on us to deliver day-to-day support, expert advice, government campaigning, plus a range of high-quality services relevant to their needs.

o   It campaigns to improve the private rented sector for both landlords and tenants, engaging with policymakers at all levels of Government.  Our vision is to make renting better for everyone involved in the private rented sector.

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

With a degree in Journalism, she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and creating social media content.

Before joining the RLA, Victoria worked in the University of Salford’s press office, and during University she represented Smooth Radio at events across the North West, as a member of the street team.

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