Issues within the private rented sector in Brighton & Hove

25 Mar Issues within the private rented sector in Brighton & Hove

Over the last couple of months Advice Brighton & Hove have been collecting evidence from a number of frontline advice agencies about issues within the private rented sector (PRS). This was in response to a large number of workers raising this as a concern. 11 organisations submitted evidence for this report:

BHT, Citizens Advice Bureau, Sussex Central YMCA, The Fed, Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project, City Mission (Basics Foodbank), Rise, Hangleton and Knoll Project, Amaze, Mind and The Single Parent Information Network

The private rented sector (PRS) is growing – since 2001 it has grown by 69% and now an estimated 9 million people rent their homes privately. In Brighton & Hove, the 2011 census shows that 29.6% of people rent their home privately – this compares to only 16.3% in the South East and 16.8% in the rest of England and is the second highest proportion outside of London. Whilst there has been growth within PRS, there has not been accompanying change to make the sector more stable and affordable; there are serious problems with current housing legislation and tenants in the private rented sector face a number of challenges. Our report has found that the main issues in the private rented sector in Brighton & Hove are

  • Affordability
  • Security
  • Quality

To read our full report along with our recommendations please press Home Safe – PRS in Brighton & Hove

If you would like to contact me about anything within this report please do not hesitate in contacting me on [email protected]

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