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So has the fees ban all been a mistake? Most tenants happy with their home

Reports of the state of the rental sector are exaggerated says the English Housing Survey

The Negotiator

Friday 13th has just gone… but there was some good news.

A tenant satisfaction survey report show a large majority of private sector tenants, 84 per cent, are satisfied with their housing according to the newly published English Housing Survey report for 2016/17.

It is also comforting to note, as the PRS is regularly attacked, that the survey showed that satisfaction rates are higher in the private rented than the social rented sector where 81 per cent of tenants say they are satisfied with their housing.

The report also finds that 72 per cent of private sector tenants are satisfied with the way that their landlord carries out repairs or maintenance, compared to 66 per cent who said the same in the social rented sector.

It shows once again that the vast majority of private sector landlords do a good job and look after their properties and tenants properly.”

David Smith, RLA, imageDavid Smith (pictured), Policy Director for the Residential Landlords Association (RLA), said of the findings, “Whilst we should never be complacent, these results confound the myths that some have peddled about the private rented sector.

It shows once again that the vast majority of private sector landlords do a good job and look after their properties and tenants properly.

The Government should recognise this and ensure policy supports the vast majority of landlords who are individuals to continue providing the good quality homes to rent we need whilst improving enforcement to root out the criminals who have no place in the market.”

The private rented sector report for the 2016/17 can be accessed here:  English Housing Survey

July 17, 2018

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