Is our rental market working well? Adam Shaw wants to hear your views about rents, deposits, fees and tenancy agreements, whatever's on your mind, call 03700 100 444 between 1pm and 3.30pm on Wednesday 21 June. Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply. Or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts and experiences.
Renting a home is the only option for growing numbers of people who are unable to buy a property. The number of privately rented homes has doubled over the last ten years and one in four are families with children, up from one in ten a decade ago, according to the English Housing Survey. Shelter and Generation Rent argue that the rental market needs to catch up with the changing needs of these long term tenants who want greater stability and security.
Affordability is also an issue. On average, house buyers spend 18% of their household income on mortgage payments, social renters 28% and private renter 35%. Large deposits and additional fees add to the cost.
On Wednesday's programme, Adam Shaw and guests explore the challenges facing private renters, ask how the system could be improved and find out about the overhaul planned in Scotland. On the panel will be:
Seb Klier, Campaigns Manager, Generation Rent.
David Cox, CEO, Association of Residential Letting Agents.
Chris Town, Vice Chair. Residential Landlords Association.
John Bibby, Senior Policy Officer, Shelter.
We'd love to hear your views. Call 03700 100 444 between 1pm and 3.30pm on Wednesday 21 June. Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply. Or e-mail email@example.com with your thoughts and experiences.
Presenter: Adam Shaw
Producer: Diane Richardson
Editor: Andrew Smith.