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.”
- 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.
- Further information about the RLA can be found at http://www.rla.org.uk/aboutus or by following it on twitter @RLA_News.
- The private rented sector report for the 2016/17 English Housing Survey can be accessed at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/723880/Private_rented_sector_report.pdf.