Growing up renting: A childhood spent in private rented homes

By: Francesca Albanese  Published: May 2013


Our rental market is having a damaging impact on children’s lives. A third of private renters are now families with children and our new research – the largest survey of renters to date – shows that they are the most badly affected by the volatility and uncertainty of the rental market:

Summary

  • 1 in 10 renting families (10%) have had to change their children’s school due to moving, with moves causing stress and upset for some children.
  • Renting families are nine times as likely to have moved in the last year than families who own their homes.
  • 44% of parents feel their children would have a better childhood if they had more stability in their home. Less than 10% of families value the freedom and flexibility renting gives them.
  • Nearly three quarters of families (72%) are struggling or falling behind with their rent (compared to 63% of all renters), with many cutting back on essentials to stay in their homes.
  • In the last year 28% of families have not had repairs carried out or poor conditions dealt with by their landlord or letting agent.

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