Spotlight on private renting

11 March 2010

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Shelter has welcomed the Government's new homelessness figures but has called for regulation of the private rented sector, which is used to house homeless families.

Responding to the latest homelessness statistics issued by Communities and Local Government, Kay Boycott, Shelter's director of policy and campaigns said: ‘Any drop in new cases of homelessness is to be welcomed, provided it is brought about by genuine work to prevent people from losing their homes in the first place.

‘But the fact remains that 53,000 households are still housed in temporary accommodation, lacking the safety and security of a permanent home'.

Ms Boycott added: ‘Shelter is also concerned about the increasing role the private rented sector is playing in housing homeless households, which can often be poor quality and unaffordable.

‘If local authorities are increasingly using private renting to prevent homelessness then the Government must recognise the need for the sector to be professionalised.’