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84% of PRS tenants ARE happy in their homes

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According to the English Housing Survey report for 2016/17, published today, 84% of tenants in the private rented (PRS) sector are happy in their homes. This compares to just over 4 out of 5 (81%) of renters living in social housing.

The study, which was reported on the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) website also shows that:

  • 72% of PRS tenants are satisfied with the way that their landlord carries out repairs or maintenance versus 66% in the social rented sector.

Commenting on the survey, RLA Policy Director David Smith said: “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 report also revealed that in 2016-2017, there were more than three times as many 35-44 year olds renting privately than 20 years ago: this equates to an increase from 331,000 households in 1996-97 to 1.1 million in 2016-17.