Shelter’s chief executive Campbell Robb said: “With a generation priced out of home ownership, renting is now a way of life in Britain. While we welcome the report’s recognition of the need for more and better quality homes for people to rent, it misses a trick in offering nothing for the millions of people already in the sector, paying sky-high rents and living under constant threat of eviction or further rent rises. No solutions for our rental market could be complete without measures to address this lack of stability.
“Despite the increase in the number of people renting, the long term aspiration for many remains to be a homeowner. While more rented housing could help ease pressure on this over-heated market, it’s vital that this does not come at the expense of building affordable homes for people across the country already struggling to get on the property ladder in their local area. Young people who are working hard and saving towards a secure and affordable home need to know that the government is on their side.”
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