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:
- the launch of a new briefing looking at the relationship between ethnicity, health and the private rental sector
- presentations from key people involved in health, community renter groups, and housing enforcement
- workshops on the effectiveness of local regulation, raising awareness among renters, and delivering health & social care in private rented housing.
- Chair’s welcome – Setting out the day and inducing the breadth & scale of PRS Health issues. Current PRS policy landscape
Jackie Adusei, Ekaya Housing Association
- Launch of paper: Ethnicity, health and the private rented sector + Q&A [807kb PDF]Jabeer Butt, Race Equality Foundation
- Presentation – Enforcement perspective + Q&A: What are the challenges which enforcement officers are facing in the PRS? How does health fit into enforcement?[241kb PDF]Ellis Turner, Islington Council
- Presentation – Renter perspective + Q&A: What are the biggest issues facing renters, and what are their experiences in trying to address their health & housing needs.Seb Klier, Generation Rent & Rosie Walker, Camden Federation of Tenants
- Presentation – Health perspective + Q&A: How does the PRS fit into health policy, and what are the key challenges in health and housing.
John Kolm-Murray Islington Council
- Presentation – Public health intervention: HWBs & JSNAs: How do HWBs & JSNAs work, what interventions have they carried out, and how can they be influenced [258kb PDF]Gill Leng, Public Health England
- Workshop: Effective Local action: Licensing, Social Lettings & Access Schemes, enforcement.Samir Jeraj, Race Equality Foundation
- Workshop: Effective and integrated health & social care services for private tenants, including families and older tenants.Jabeer Butt, Race Equality Foundation
- Workshop: Raising awareness of housing and health issues among renters [418kb PDF]Hannah Gousy, Shelter
- Plenary discussions: how can we better work together to tackle health issues for private tenants?Chair: Daniel Singleton, Faith Action
To follow participant tweets from the day see #rentingandhealth.