Almost one in four private renters have felt physically ill or sick because of house problems or worries in the past year, research by Shelter has revealed.
A study by the housing charity and YouGov found that housing worries such as being able to afford the rent, poor conditions and the threat of eviction have a detrimental effect on people’s physical and mental health.
It found that 45% of the almost 4,000 people who live in private rented homes that it surveyed had experienced stress and anxiety as a direct result of their housing concerns, with nearly one in three saying this has kept them awake at night.
Almost the same number of renters said their housing situation had left them feeling hopeless.
Help is out there for people living in rented accommodation.
Our experience is that many private landlords feel there is insufficient support out there to help tenants who are facing financial difficulties and they are picking up the costs in lost rent arrears.
At Bournes we offer specialist support to ensure tenants are being placed in properties in they can afford and are supported throughout the tenancy through our unique Tenancy Welfare Programme.