Thousands of people who rent houses or flats across the Westcountry are too scared of being evicted to ask their landlord to fix a problem, according to new reseach by the charity Shelter. A poll found that 1 in 12 tenants avoided asking for repairs in case they were forced to leave.
Adam Terry from the charity Shelter who carried out the research says in some cases it has been a matter of hours following a complaint that the landlord has decided to evict the renter.
Thousands of people in the South West are scared to ask private landlords for repairs, in case they get evicted.
The housing charity Shelter says 1 in 12 people keep quiet about problems. Three per cent of tenants in the South West also said they had been evicted for complaining to landlords.