More than two million renters have been left physically ill by their experience of private renting, a Shelter poll has claimed.
Researchers on behalf of the housing charity quizzed nearly 4,000 private renters, according to The Guardian, and found that the overhanging threat of eviction as well as dealing with poor living conditions and steep rent costs left 2.7 million “feeling hopeless”.
Shelter chief executive Polly Neate insists that the government’s Renters’ Reform Bill must ensure must that renters receive greater protections after it was revealed in the Queen’s Speech. The government has already pledged to scrap Section 21 evictions – known as “no-fault evictions” which allow landlords to evict tenants without providing a reason – as part of the Renters’ Reform Bill.
“A whole generation of children risk growing up surrounded by this constant stress and anxiety. This cannot go on,” said Neate.
“In the Queen’s Speech, the government announced the Renters’ Reform Bill, a once in a generation chance to rebalance the power between renters and their landlords, and make renting fairer.
“We see a lot of promise in these reforms, and look forward to working with the government to ensure that real and ambitious change is achieved.”