RLA Chairman Alan Ward has written to the Chief Executive of homelessness charity ‘Shelter’ asking for clarity on statistics released to the media that recently claimed tenants across the country are suffering at the hands of rogue landlords. The RLA condemns any landlord who engages in harassment, threats, or assault of tenants, but finds the reported numbers hard to believe.
Shelter claims that 125,000 tenants in England are being abused by landlords, a serious claim and unacceptable in the eyes of the RLA. However, the figures do not add up.
Shelter claims that 120,000 privately renting tenants in the West Midlands and another 100,000 tenants in the North West are subject to various forms of harassment. This exceeds the published national figure and the RLA has requested clarity on how these numbers were attained.
The RLA has questioned if the figures were taken from a smaller survey sample and then extrapolated. Shelter claim that YouGov conducted the research and we have asked for the numbers to be published in full.
The RLA also notes that the case studies used appear to be one tenant renting in London.
Shelter’s claims are very serious and should not be taken lightly, however transparency with figures must be provided and our request should hopefully shed some light on such an emotionally charged subject.
The RLA will keep you informed of any updates as they become available.