- Rent controls first introduced by the 1915 Increase of Rent and Mortgage Interest (War Restrictions) Act
- Between the 1945 and 1991 the private rented sector declined to 7 per cent of the market
- 1988 Housing Act deregulated rents on new lettings
- By 2013 the private rented sector made up 16.5 per cent of all 3.8 million households in England.
- More than 1 in 7 renters who used a letting agency paid £500 or more in fees
- More than 9 million people rent from a private landlord in England
- Proportion of households living in private rented sector has risen by 80 per cent since 2000
(Figures provided by Shelter and the House of Commons library)