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"Insecure tenancies and expensive rents" slammed by all-party MPs group

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Care for Older People has sharply criticised the PRS as being ill-equipped to cater for elderly and vulnerable tenants.

It says over 630,000 households could be forced out of their privately rented homes because they can’t afford the rent, and forecasts that the number of older disabled households living in unfit and unsuitable private rented accommodation could leap from 56,000 to almost 250,000 by 2050.

“We need action now to avoid sleepwalking into a situation where hundreds of thousands of older people will find themselves in insecure tenancies they cannot afford, fearing eviction and potentially even homelessness – the social and economic costs of this would be enormous, Housing Benefit costs would skyrocket” says the APPG’s chairman Lord Best - who is also chairing the Regulation of Property Agents working group expected to report shortly on mandatory training and qualification for lettings and estate agents.


“We urgently need a national strategy for renting in later life. This must include a plan to build more low-cost rented homes, and a programme of investment in care and support to prevent a housing catastrophe for the pensioners of the future” he says. 

The group says the number of pensioners in the private rented sector could treble to 1.5m by the middle of the century and warns that the current supply of social homes at an affordable rent - growing by 2,000 to 3,000 units a year - is “woefully inadequate” and faces demand that may be 10 times that high in future. 

The report also claims that the number of older disabled households currently in unfit and unsuitable private rented accommodation is 56,000 and could hit 188,000 in 20 years’ time and to 236,500 in 30 years’ time.

While Lord Best believes social housing is the largest solution to the problems of supply and suitability, the report also makes a series of critical observations about the current private rental sector.

It says:

- rents pitched at working people can become unaffordable when those individuals retire or have to stop work;

- the short-term nature of tenancies is unsettling for older tenants;

- too many private properties are in a “non-decent” condition, primarily because of cold and damp, with older tenants being disproportionately affected; 

- adaptations for tenants with disabilities are difficult to obtain in the private rental sector.

“The problem with the private rented sector is that people think it is the solution. It isn’t. Insecure tenancies and expensive rents mean that very often it is not a suitable tenure for older people” says the report.     

Poll: Is the private rented sector equipped for a fast-growing older population?


  • Paul Smithson

    Expensive rents, wait until all the further government regulations kick in, how can you have a tax on turnover and then can't get out of your investment sec 21 ? so either Landlords will sell up or go to the wall, homelessness and housing benefit bill will double within 10 years.

    • 18 July 2019 07:28 AM

    Yep you are totally correct.
    I am one of those LL selling up.
    Enough is enough.
    I don't need to remain invested in multiple letting properties.
    I should hopefully be able to sell up and invest in a residential property where I will take in no more than 3 lodgers so as to avoid Mandatory HMO regulations.
    No way will I allow anyone to control what I do with my capital.
    If that means I stop AST letting then so be it.
    There are other ways of exploiting Residential property assets legal or otherwise.
    Illegal AirBnB for a start.
    For LA this is very bad news.
    They will be losing LL clients as they move away from AST lettings.

  • jeremy clarke

    Four enquiries online this morning, all looking to move because their landlords have given notice because they are selling up. That in a small market town in just 1 day! Yes landlords are leaving in their droves.

    • 18 July 2019 18:41 PM

    This is what happened in Ireland when their version of S24 was imposed.
    The end result of what is now occurring in the UK has already occurred in Ireland.
    So rents have increased by about 50%; there is increased homelessness, there are far fewer rental properties available and LL don't wish to return.
    The Irish Govt is now desperately trying to persuade LL to return to investing in the PRS.
    Not unreasonably the LL don't want to play.
    It has taken about 3 years for the Irish Govt to realise they have #####d up and their S24 version wasn't even retrospective!!!
    No doubt all these newly homeless tenants will be buying the properties they are being evicted from as that is what S24 was allegedly meant to achie

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    • 18 July 2019 15:50 PM

    How anyone can even assume its the Prs fault when rent rise considering all the extra costs the govt keep kicking in with licencing pat niceic upvc windows requirement minimum room size inventories etc etc. Is it the prs responsibility to house the older generation? come on mps, this is a business like any business. Not a charity.


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