Food, Heat or Rent? The crisis for London renters

Private renters in London are having to choose between food, heat or paying rent.

Renters in the capital face a financial crisis

A new survey has shown that 2 in 5 private renters in London have to cut back on food and heat in order to pay their rent. According to campaign Generation Rent 42% said they had to limit their heating while 41% cut back on food.

London has 2 million private renters. 1.5 million people, almost 75% said that they rent because they cannot afford afford to buy their own property. Despite high costs conditions remain poor for many renters. 31% are living in properties with unacceptable dampness.

Landlords are often unsupportive of their tenants with 40% of renters saying their landlord does not care about their living standards.

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