Shelter wrong on rented housing

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

Shelter’s ongoing assault on the private rented sector is plain wrong.

As it today publishes statistics on the standard of rented housing in the UK, Shelter fails to explain why the English Housing Survey found 82% of  PRS tenants are satisfied with their accommodation – a higher proportion than the social rented sector.

Shelter’s report refers to the instability tenants face,  yet the most recent survey shows that tenants are on average living in their homes for four years, and a version of the survey published last year showed that just 8% of tenancies are ended by the landlord.

RLA Vice Chairman, Chris Town, said: “Shelter is once again making extravagant claims about the standard of all housing in Britain, not just private rented property.

“We share Shelter’s ambition for every rented home to be of a decent standard, however the answer is not more regulation.

“With over 400 regulations covering the sector, what is needed is not new powers but better enforcement of existing powers to root out the crooks, rather than tying the majority of good landlords up in excessive red tape.

“The most effective way of ensuring housing is affordable is to increase supply. We hope Shelter will support landlords in calling on the Government to change recent tax policies and on councils to scrap ineffective, but costly, licensing schemes all of which discourage investment.”

About the author

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Magazine and Digital Editor for the NRLA. With 20 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for editing our members' magazine 'Property', producing our articles for our news site, the weekly and monthly bulletins and editorial content for our media partners.


  • Shelter used to be my favourite charity – I made occasional donations and a clause in my will leaving them a bit. However, I’ll be changing that now – have become increasingly fed up with their bias against landlords, no matter how responsible, good and reliable they are; and favouring of tenants, no matter how irresponsible, bad and unreliable *they* are – last straw time has been reached!

    I bought a tenner’s worth of food for a homeless guy earlier this eve in lieu of sticking a tenner in Shelter’s political campaign fund – oops, sorry, I mean charity! Why don’t they just get on and renovate, restore, or build some ruddy houses!!

    • In my town Shelter will only put their people with their two favourite Landlords.
      Who also supply cheap rent to the manager.

      No problem to me about that, only their two favourite Landlords are known to be more rogue than not.

      I used to help Shelter, but as you say they have become political and less & less using their funding to help solve the homeless problem.

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