Number of satisfied PRS tenants rises
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing
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The amount of tenants in the private rented sector (PRS) satisfied with their lodgings has grown by one percentage point, today's 2012-13 English Housing Survey ‘Households Report’ has revealed.
84% of PRS tenants say they are either very or fairly satisfied with their homes.
Commenting on the findings, Chris Town, vice chairman of the Residential Landlords Association (RLA), said: “Over the past few weeks and months landlords have become an easy target for those with ideological objections to the private rented sector.
“What matters in the end is how satisfied tenants are and these figures show rising rates of tenant satisfaction with their accommodation. This is good news and the RLA challenges others to acknowledge this.”
The RLA has also drawn attention to the report's revelation that PRS rents have been "falling in real terms".
Between 2008 and 2013, average weekly rents in the PRS increased by £10 from £153 to £163 - an increase of 7%, significantly below both measurements of inflation, the RLA says.
Chris Town said: “Again, these figures show that contrary to popular myth, average private sector rents are increasing by below inflation. This busts the myth once and for all that landlords are somehow fleecing tenants of all they have.”
The RLA represents over 20,000 PRS landlords in England and Wales.