125,000 tenants ‘abused’ by private landlords — charity

Thousands of dissatisfied private renters in Britain have complained of their landlords abusing, assaulting, threatening and harassing them, research by Shelter has revealed.

In the past year, housing charity Shelter has received over 17,000 helpline calls from tenants reporting “chaotic” problems with their landlords.

Some of the disgruntled occupants claimed property-owners entered their homes without permission, cut off utilities and burned their possessions over disputes about deposits.

Shelter has warned that a small minority of rogue landlords are making life “unbearable” for private tenants.

The charity’s survey of nearly 3,800 adults found that 60 of those questioned claimed their landlord had been abusive towards them or another tenant in the past year.

Shelter applied its findings to the English Housing Survey and Census data to estimate that over 125,000 people had experienced abusive behavior in the last year.

‘Awful experiences’

In a statement, Shelter’s helpline advisor Mark Cook said the charity regularly speaks to tenants who are “desperate” to be saved from abusive rouge landlords.

Every day at Shelter we speak to people desperate for help because their lives are being made unbearable by a rogue landlord.

Some of their experiences are truly awful — from renters who have been illegally evicted and had their belongings burned, to those who’ve had utilities cut off because their landlord wants to intimidate them.

No one should have to put up with a landlord who breaks the law and it’s so important to know your rights as a renter.”

Shelter’s director of services Alison Mohammed is disturbed by the “havoc” rogue landlords are causing their tenants, she told the Express and Star on Wednesday.

Via RT.