Date Published 14 August 2018
In spite of the constant hammering by the press of private landlords, it has been reported that a massive majority of private tenants - 84% - are more than happy with their rented accommodation.
In its latest research, the English Housing Survey has highlighted that private rental tenants' overall satisfaction of 84% is higher than social renting tenants which stands at 81%.
An industry trade body said the survey blows away the commonly held belief that the private rented sector is riddled by 'rogue' landlords. It is calling for the government to start recognising the true value of the PRS's efforts in tackling the housing crisis as the majority of landlords are providing good 'rental' homes.
The survey also discovered that 72% of private sector tenants are more than satisfied with their landlords handling of maintenance and repairs, whereas 66% of social housing sector tenants stated that they were happy with their landlord's performance.
A spokesperson for the trade body, said the survey thoroughly dispels the ‘myths peddled' by the press that portrays the private rented sector's landlords as 'rogues' that treat their tenants callously. There are of course 'rogues' in the sector but they are a very small minority and overall BTL investors do look after their tenants and provide them with good accommodation.
The spokesperson said: "It shows once again that the vast majority of private sector landlords do a good job and look after their properties and tenants properly. The Government should recognise this and ensure policy supports the vast majority of landlords who are individuals to continue providing the good quality homes to rent we need whilst improving enforcement to root out the criminals who have no place in the market."