ROUND one in seven private tenants stated that they had been affected by a rent increase in the last few weeks.
According to a recent survey, around 13 percent of tenants said their rent was increased in the last month.
The study, conducted by YouGov, also found that nearly a third of renters spend at least half of their household income on rent, with a similar number saying they consistently struggle to pay their rent.
A 38-year-old man who lives in a studio in Brighton said: “On my budget I could only afford a studio in the area so every weekend I sleep on the sofa my partner sleeps on an extra bed, and the children sleep in our bed and a bunk bed in the bedroom.
“Having to move and knowing that our rent could so easily rise above our means again has left my partner in a constant state of anxiety to the point where she needs professional mental health support. I just want my family to have some stability and security.”
The man also said he was evicted from another property after his rent was increased by £155.
The study by housing association Shelter also found that 42 per cent of people had experienced a rent increase in the past year, with one in ten seeing an increase of over £100.
Shelter said its website, which offers advice on grants, loans and help paying rent, received more than 25,000 views between early June and late August.
Polly Neate, Managing Director of Shelter, said: “The already high cost of rent meant that tenants were struggling to keep up with soaring food and energy prices. Now, galloping rents will deal a knockout blow to many renters.
“Our emergency helpline advisors are doing everything they can to help people cling to their homes. We are at a breaking point, too many families will not be able to have a roof over their heads this winter because they cannot afford to heat their homes or pay their rent.”
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