Tackling health inequalities in private rented housing

This event brought together community, voluntary and public sector action on private rented housing. It sought to identify and seek solutions to health inequalities that affect private tenants, and their underlying causes.

Nine million people now live in private rented housing. It is the fastest growing housing sector in the UK and more people now live in private rented housing than social housing. In London it is estimated to become the largest housing sector by 2025, and nationally 20.8% of renters are families with children. A third of private rented homes are classified as ‘non-decent’. The costs of poor housing to the NHS are estimated at £600m a year. However, 12 per cent of tenants have not asked for repairs to be carried out in their home, or challenged a rent increase in the last year because they fear eviction. Shelter estimate that 324,172 are evicted, served with notice or threatened with eviction each year because they complained to their local council or their landlord about a problem in their home.

This event aimed to:

  • bring together perspectives on private rented housing and health from faith and community groups, enforcement agencies, and health policy from local and regional government.
  • highlight examples of good practice in addressing health inequalities in private rented housing, and explore how these can be used elsewhere.
  • identify and seek to address the issues faced groups living in private rented housing who are disproportionately affected by poor housing, and have poorer health as a result.

The event included:

Presentations

To follow participant tweets from the day see #rentingandhealth.