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Housing problem effecting children’s overall upbringing says housing charity Shelter

Date: (1 May 2013)    |    

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In a survey done by the charity Shelter’ it was found that majority of people living in the private rental sector in England were of the opinion that their children would have a better childhood if they had more stable housing arrangements.
Less than 10 percent of 4,327 adults surveyed said they valued their freedom and flexibility renting gave them. 28 percent said their landlord or letting agent had failed to carry out repairs or deal with poor conditions in the past year.
Two thirds of the polled said that they would like to own their own home but doubt whether they will be able to afford it and around 43 percent felt they expected to live in rented accommodation for the next 10 years.
Shelter says a generation of children was growing up in "unstable, unaffordable, poor quality homes".
Tenancy contracts must be improved to give children more stable homes and avoid disruption to their education, the housing charity said.
It said that one in ten renting families in England was forced to change their children’s school due to moving from houses. The National Landlords Association said it backed the call for stability.
The charity would like to see the introduction of a stable rental contract to give tenants a better deal. It should give tenants five years in their home during which they can not be evicted without good reason and would have a guarantee that the rent would rise by no more than the inflation.
Such period of time would give renters the chance to make up their homes and allow them to end the contract with two months notice while giving landlords the right to end the tenancy if they sold the property.
Though currently tenants have the right to live in a property that is safe and in good condition undisturbed and be protected from unfair eviction and unfair rent and having the right to challenge high charges and have their deposits returned when the tenancy ends, for vast majority of renting parents renting has not been a lifestyle choice and yet their children’s education happiness and wellbeing was being jeopardized says chief executive Campbell Robb of Shelter’.
He added the unpredictability of rents and short term tenancies were not only failing to meet the needs of families they were doing real damage to children’s lives. Children shouldn’t have to deal with constant upheaval, a disrupted education and an atmosphere where parents are constantly worried about paying the rent or having to find somewhere new to live
Making tenancy contracts more stable could improve the lives of children across the country by giving families more stability in their homes, and would give landlords a more predictable income he said.

 

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