Kate Webb
Kate Webb

By Kate Webb

Shelter stories: The human impact of poor housing and mental health

Shelter’s new research highlights the link between poor housing and mental health problems. We surveyed GPs and members of the public and found one in five adults in England has had a housing issue in the last five years that has negatively impacted their mental health. Hannah Lee is a Family, Health and Housing Advisor in east London and works with clients with mental and physical health challenges. She explains here how housing problems can impact on families’ well-being.  

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Marcus McPhillips
Marcus McPhillips

By Marcus McPhillips

The impact of housing problems on mental health

Housing and Mental Health are two issues which have become prominent in public debate over recent years (and rightly so). Here at Shelter, every day in our services we see how housing problems can spill over into other parts of people’s lives: affecting their relationships, their work, and their health.

In 2013 we published research into the effects bad housing can have on people’s health, helping to further the debate on the links between health and housing. So we decided … MORE...

John Bibby
John Bibby

By John Bibby

Rental fraud – a quarter of a million fall victim in the last five years

What is rental fraud?

Rental fraud usually follows a similar pattern: someone posing as a landlord or letting agent shows a prospective tenant around a property. When the person looking at the property says they like it, the purported landlord/agent asks them to pay an immediate up-front holding deposit (a sum that is often taken to reserve a property in advance of referencing, signing contracts, etc.) often in cash.

The prospective tenant pays the sum (which can be several hundred … MORE...

Paul Donnelly
Paul Donnelly

By Paul Donnelly

Busting some myths: why myth busting doesn’t work

Whenever we hold a brainstorm to find ways to talk to people about welfare the most common idea that comes up is ‘why don’t we just present the truth about benefits?’ In theory this makes perfect sense; once presented with the facts people will simply see the light and revise their view of welfare recipients.

If only it was that straight forward.

The truth about myth busting, as we like to call it, is that people simply do not act … MORE...

Kate Webb
Kate Webb

By Kate Webb

Letting agent fees consultation commits to wide ranging ban 

The ban on letting fees for tenants has moved a step closer with publication of the government’s consultation on how the ban will operate. Shelter has been campaigning for an end to tenant fees since 2013, so unsurprisingly there’s much about the consultation that we like, particularly:

It shows the government understands the dynamics of the lettings market It’s ambitious about enforcement And it recognises that letting fees aren’t the only problems for renters Acknowledging renters’ lack of power

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