Shelter has described the latest figures on rent prices as "devastating news" for renters.
As more people are priced out of home ownership and waiting lists grow longer, too many families are being left trapped in the unstable and expensive private rental market.
Every day Shelter hears from people who are having to cut back on essentials as they struggle to pay their rent each month. With wages flat-lining, the fact that rents have reached record highs means that even more people will find it harder and harder to make ends meet.
We need the Government to fix our rental market to provide more security and get on with building many more genuinely affordable homes.
– Roger Harding, Shelter's director of campaigns, policy and communications
Some 66% of 4,500 people surveyed this month want prices to fall or remain stable rather than another period of "boom and bust", the charity said.
Despite some recent surveys suggesting that rising house prices are improving the mood of consumer confidence, Shelter's findings show that Britons are finding the idea of escalating prices a turn-off.
In June, 58% ofpeople wanted to see prices remain stable or fall when surveyed, meaning there has been an 8% increase in those wary over prices, Shelter's figures suggest.
Shelter argued that the Help to Buy mortgage scheme, which allows those with a deposit as low as 5% to get on the property ladder, is the "wrong solution" to the country's housing problems as it will only encourage people to take on more debt with bigger mortgages.
However, a Government spokesman denied the claims saying:
Latest figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show the numbers of home repossessions haven fallen 8% over the past 12 months and are at their lowest level for six years.
But we are not complacent. Our welfare reforms are ensuring that clear protection is in place, we've maintained the Support for Mortgage Interest scheme and our £470 million funding to councils means we continue to have a strong safety net against homelessness.
An increased number of families are finding themselves "living on a knife-edge" as they struggle to cope with the rising cost of living, a leading charity has warned.
Figures released by the charity Shelter show the number of repossession claims across England has increased.
The chief executive of Shelter, Campbell Robb, said: "This research shows that thousands of families all over England are dealing with the devastating possibility of losing their home. In some places as many as one home in every street is now at risk."
"With less job security and the rising cost of living and housing these days, many more families are finding themselves living on a knife-edge. Just one thing, like a job loss or illness, could tip them into a spiral that puts their home at risk."
Tens of thousands of private renters could be at risk from gas safety hazards, according to housing charity Shelter and British Gas.
One in 10 people say their landlord or letting agent had failed to ensure a gas safety check was carried out in their home in the last year, a study of more than 4,300 private renters found. Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb said:
It's absolutely vital that renters are aware of the need to get an annual gas safety check. Meanwhile, landlords need to know that gas safety is not optional. Failing to get a gas safety certificate can put lives at risk.
An annual gas safety check and certificate is required by law and is the legal responsibility of the landlord.
Around eight million Britons are just one month's salary away from struggling to pay for their home, a charity has warned.
According to Shelter, some 35 per cent of workers do not have enough savings to cover rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lose their job.
Almost a fifth of working adults said if they lost their job and could not find another right away, they would be unable to make any payments at all.
Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: "The depth of the financial pressure and insecurity felt by people across the country means that millions are living on the edge of a crisis, only secure in their homes for a matter of weeks."