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:
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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.