A large majority of private sector tenants, 84 per cent, are satisfied with their housing according to the English Housing Survey report for 2016/17, just published.
When it comes to social housing, the figure is a slightly lower 81 per cent.
The data has come out of an analysis of the survey undertaken by the Residential Landlords Association, which says that, in addition, 72 per cent of private sector tenants are satisfied with the way that their agent or landlord carries out repairs or maintenance, compared to 66 per cent who said the same in the social rented sector.
“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” says David Smith, RLA policy director.
He adds: “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.”