Record calls from renters at risk of homelessness

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There has been a record rise in calls for help taken from renters at risk of losing their homes in the East Midlands, new figures from the Shelter helpline show.

More than 290 renters at risk of losing their home called the housing charity for advice in the last year. In a sign that the private rental market is becoming increasingly unstable, this figure has increased by 88% from the 155 callers helped by the charity two years ago.

Shelter is releasing the figures as part of its campaign to protect renters from ‘revenge evictions’. The charity’s research reveals that that 1 in 11 renters (9%) in the East Midlands avoided asking their landlord to repair a problem or improve conditions in the last year because they feared eviction.

 

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