Posted 16 Apr 2020
1.7 million renters expect to lose their job in the next three months
- YouGov surveyed 498 privately rented adults England. Fieldwork was undertaken between 24th - 27th March 2020. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all privately renting adults (aged 18+) according to information provided by Shelter.
- Estimates of the population of renters are calculated using a combination of the English Housing Survey 2018-19, Census 2011 and ONS 2018 mid-year population estimates by age. All calculations by Shelter. All estimates are based off a total adult population of 8,674,570 private renters in England.
- Shelter estimates that 1,696,000 private renters think they are likely to lose their job in the next three months. One in five (19%) renters said that this was either very or fairly likely.
- Full results and question wording are available by request
- The gap between the cost of renting an average home in a local authority, and the maximum amount of housing benefit a family could claim compares the most recent available data on private rents published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for England with the maximum LHA levels for each home size for April 2020 to March 2021 published by the VOA on the 27th of March 2020. LHA levels are published for Broad Rental market Areas (BRMAs) To understand how LHA rate levels affect people in each local authority area, we aligned these as closely as possible with local authority boundaries.
- Statistics on private rents are available here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/releases/privaterentalmarketsummarystatisticsoctober2018toseptember2019LHA rates are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-housing-allowance-lha-rates-applicable-from-april-2020-to-march-2021