Independent Age response to a new deal for renting: resetting the balance of rights and responsibilities between landlords and tenants

Document type
Consultation
Corporate author(s)
Independent Age
Publisher
Independent Age
Date of publication
1 October 2019
Subject(s)
Older Adults, Housing and Homelessness, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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The vast majority of tenancies in the private sector are assured shorthold tenancies. Assured shorthold tenancies provide little security for tenants and create uncertainty about how long they will be able to stay in the property, and whether their rent is likely to become unaffordable. As people become older, this uncertainty can make it difficult to settle into a property and a local neighbourhood. It can also cause anxiety about the upheaval of moving house and the difficulties of finding somewhere else that is affordable and suitable.

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