RENTING is becoming more and more difficult as the cost of living crisis increases.
With houses becoming more expensive and fewer apartments available, Brighton was recently named the most stressful city to move to.
The number of suitable properties for low-income renters has slowly declined as energy prices and other bills have risen and many have been driven from the area.
One tenant, who asked not to be named, said: “As a single income person renting in Brighton is an absolute nightmare. Landlords are raising rents well above the rate of inflation, meaning it’s nearly impossible to move close to the city center.
“It means the social aspects of my life have suffered tremendously and just one unexpected payment has an impact on how I live the rest of the month.
“The whole concept of the rental market is crazy and there has to be regulation because it’s more than a joke now.”
Average rents have skyrocketed. The average for a studio in Brighton in 2022 was £1,170. In 2020 it was £997.
Ac spokesman for tenants union Acorn said: “One particular problem affecting Brighton is that there is very little room to develop outwards.
“We also realize that as a tourist city there is a massive problem with second homes.
“There’s only so much you can do locally, that’s just the beginning.”
As prices continue to rise, it is feared that more and more renters will not be able to find affordable real estate.
Labor MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle said there should be price regulation and secure tenancies.
Brighton Kemptown MP Mr Russell-Moyle said: “This is a national problem and it is worse in Brighton. In Brighton each and every one of these problems is acute.
“Rental inflation has risen faster than housing inflation. It goes above and beyond what you would expect from real estate delivery.
“The government needs to act here and we need to start seeing houses as homes.”
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