Health of one in five renters harmed by poor housing, Shelter says

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The health of one in five renters in England is being harmed by their living conditions, a new survey has found.

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A survey of more than 3,000 private and social renters in England, conducted by YouGov and the housing and homelessness charity Shelter, found that 22 percent of renters felt their physical or mental health was being harmed by poor housing.

The survey also found that the most common renter issues were damp and mold (affecting 26 percent of renters), unable to heat their homes (26 percent), struggling to pay rent (21 percent) and evictions. were afraid of it (21 percent). Percent).


Renters affected by one or more of these issues were three times more likely than renters without such issues to say their living conditions were harming their health.

Another shelter survey for private renters only found that 22 percent of people became physically ill due to their housing issues and concerns.

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Also, another fifth of respondents said that the issues negatively affected their performance at work.

Shelter’s chief executive, Polly Neat, said: “The cost of poor housing is spilling over into lost hours from heavy GP surgeries, mental health services and work.

“The new housing secretary must hold onto the housing crisis and tackle a major cause of poor health.”

She said: “Hearing the flood calls to our helpline, there is no doubt that health and housing go hand in hand. Yet, millions of renters are living in homes that make them sick because they are moldy, cold, unaffordable and unaffordable. Extremely unsafe.

“The stress and pain that comes with not knowing whether you can pay your rent month after month or if you will face eviction.”

Ms Neet said the government could ease the pressure on renters by reforming private rents and creating more social housing, providing targeted grants to help with rent arrears.

Vicki Nash, head of policy, campaigns and public affairs at mental health charity Mind, said: “Everyone deserves a safe, affordable, stable and suitable place to live, not one that makes us feel ‘depressed’, And spoils our mental health.

“Social issues like jobs, housing and benefits play a huge role in the mental health of a country.

“Addressing the underlying causes of poor mental health can prevent people from being pushed into poverty, allow people to live independently, and reduce the need for more intensive support down the line.”


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