Tenants 'taking drastic measures to pay rent'

Published by Sarah Ashcroft

Many people in rented accommodation around the UK are finding it increasingly tough to pay for their homes each month, with a great deal having to take drastic action in order to fund the roof over their heads.

Shelter has revealed almost two-thirds (63 per cent) of people who rent their home have problems paying the relevant money, meaning they either scrape the cash together at the last minute or fall behind with their landlord. With 26 per cent experiencing a rise in rent in the last year, the difficulties have increased.

The charity is now calling for new rules to be implemented that make it harder for landlords to hike charges on an unpredictable basis. This would bring much-needed stability to tenants around the country.

Campbell Robb, chief executive of the group, said: "This is proof that the growing cost of renting is hitting families where it hurts, forcing them to make impossible choices about what they can cut back on next. When families are forced to resort to taking money from their children's savings or paying their rent on a credit card, it's a clear sign that sudden rent rises are pushing many ordinary families to the edge."

One in seven people have admitted to using a credit card to meet the costs imposed on them by a landlord, while one in 17 have been forced to leave their address as a direct result of being unable to afford the monthly tariff.

With this in mind, it could pay for landlords to do all they can to keep tenants on side and paying their rent on a regular basis. Should they be forced to move out, landlords will spend time and money attracting a new tenant, so keeping existing ones happy is a wise policy.

Many people are finding their salaries are showing no signs of being increased, so all the time rent rises are a reality, there could be plenty more drastic measures taken to meet payments.ADNFCR-1645-ID-801556447-ADNFCR

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Published on: March 14, 2013

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