Rising rents leave a generation caught in the 'Rent Trap'

Published on Thursday, 31 January 2013 09:51
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

A new report from Shelter shows rents are rising by an average of almost £300 a year in England. With average wages remaining static, many people are left unable to save for a deposit – and are trapped in a cycle of unstable renting.

The Rent Trap report also reveals that:

  • in 1 in 7 local authorities rents rose by more than £500 in a year
  • six areas saw equivalent rent rises of more than £1,500 in a year

As a result, 72% of renters say they are only able to put aside £50 a month or less in savings. 58% report being unable to save anything at all.

Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of Shelter, said: 'The renters we speak to have never been less hopeful. A relentless stream of rent rises means that most feel they will never move on from a life paying 'dead money' to landlords, in a home they can't make their own.

'And for some, rising rents have more immediate consequences – not enough money to spend on food, fuel or other essentials.

'Unless something changes, the chances of the next generation getting a home to call their own look increasingly bleak. The Government needs to show young people and families exactly how it plans to dismantle the rent trap for good.'

Source: ©Shelter

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