Monthly archives: February 2017

Janey S
Janey S

By Janey S

Longer rental contracts: how would they work? FAQs

Everyone needs a stable home. It gives you security and the chance to plan for the future. Yet, if you’re living on six to 12 month contracts – which are the norm for renters – life can be uncertain and unpredictable. In order to end this insecurity and make sure renting families have a stable home, Shelter is calling on the government to increase the legal minimum for a rental contract to five years.

Since we first launched our campaign MORE...

Janey S
Janey S

By Janey S

Why we’re joining forces with Mumsnet

Our campaign for longer rental contracts has attracted a huge level of support, mostly from families with young children.

Everyone needs a stable home. It gives you security and the chance to plan for the future. Yet, if you’re living on six to 12 month contracts – which are the norm for renters – life can be uncertain and unpredictable.

The number of families who privately rent their homes has tripled over the past ten years, and many of these … MORE...

John Bibby
John Bibby

By John Bibby

Insecure private renting leaves families worried and unsettled. Let’s fix it

Private renting in England is exceptionally insecure. After the end of a typical six or twelve month contract, renters have no guarantee that their landlord will renew their tenancy or whether they will be asked to leave.

As a result, renters worry about losing their home and are put under financial strain by frequent moves. Ultimately renting insecurity is helping to fuel rising homelessness – and loss of a private rented tenancy is now the leading cause of homelessness.

This … MORE...

Kate Webb
Kate Webb

By Kate Webb

A clear ban on letting agent fees is the only way to fix an unfair market

The housing white paper reaffirmed the government’s commitment to ban unfair letting agency fees charged to tenants. This will be welcome reassurance to any tenant nervous about the lack of action since the chancellor promised the ban in November last year.

Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) officials are currently preparing a consultation on exactly how the ban will work, which the white paper confirmed would be launched early this year.

How the ban is framed will be crucial … MORE...

Heather Spurr
Heather Spurr

By Heather Spurr

Is Right to Rent causing discrimination? The government ought to do some investigating

A report published yesterday suggests that the Right to Rent policy could be causing discrimination in the rental market. The government should use its upcoming private landlord survey to research whether its policy is leading to some unintended consequences.

It has been just over a year since a new law was rolled out in England to force landlords check their tenants’ immigration status. The Right to Rent scheme, part of the government’s multi-pronged approach to cracking down on illegal immigration, … MORE...