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Renters living in poor conditions for fear of eviction

Thousands of renters in the North West are too scared of being evicted to ask their private landlord to fix a problem in their home, according to research by charity Shelter.

A YouGov poll of private renters across the country found 1 in 17 (6%) in the region avoided asking their landlord for help.

1 in 33 (1%) of private renters said they had actually been evicted or served with an eviction notice because they complained to their landlord, letting agent or council about a problem that wasn’t their responsibility.

No-one should lose their home for asking their landlord to fix a problem, yet these shocking findings uncover the true scale of unfair evictions taking place across the country. As homeownership drifts further out of reach, more of us are facing the prospect of settling down and bringing up a family in a rented home. But with private renters facing the worst housing conditions in the country – and the chance of eviction if they complain – generation rent is getting a raw deal. The government must protect England’s nine million renters from unfair evictions."

– Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter

The YouGov study also uncovered bad conditions in privately rented homes in the region. More than 38% had problems with mould in the past year, whilst 26% have lived with a leaking roof or windows, and 18% have had electrical hazards.

A separate investigation uncovered so called ‘revenge evictions’

  • A family handed an eviction notice three weeks after reporting damp and mould
  • A couple who complained about a broken thermostat, mould and damp that was affecting their health, and were served an eviction notice a week later;
  • A family evicted after complaining about a leaking roof.