‘Today’s figures come as no surprise. With a chronic shortage of social housing and millions priced out of the housing market, the reality is that renting is fast becoming the only option for more and more people.
‘Yet despite increasing numbers of families being forced to rent their homes, the sector continues to have the worst standards of any type of housing. In addition, tenants are completely unprotected from the minority of rogue landlords who make their lives a misery.’
Mr Robb continued: ‘We are extremely concerned that the huge influx of people in rented accommodation could lead to an imbalance between supply and demand for properties, with the most vulnerable tenants having no other choice but to rent from landlords with a bad reputation.
‘It is absolutely essential that Government and local authorities use every weapon in their armoury to crack down on unlawful operators, drive up standards and ensure that the growing population of private tenants get the protection they so desperately need.’
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