16 Apr

The Guardian view on rights for renters: only the start | Editorial

A consultation on scrapping no-fault evictions and introducing new safeguards for tenants is welcome – but not enoughHome is not an address. It is a feeling. Millions of people have the keys to a property, yet enjoy none of the security we associate with the word “home” because their housing is not decent, safe and affordable, or because they have no idea how long they may remain there. Private renters are particularly vulnerable.The proportion of private tenants in England doubled in the first decade or so of this century, to around a fifth of the population. The proportion of their incomes consumed by rent also increased sharply. So did the amount that taxpayers hand over to landlords. Continue reading…

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