By the end of last year 61,970 homeless households were in temporary lodging, from B&Bs to homes rented from private landlords, of which 46,700 were families with children. That’s already 61,970 households too many. But the most common cause of people becoming homeless is the ending of private short-term tenancies. So how many more are living with that fear hanging over their heads – not knowing whether they’ll still be able to live in the same neighbourhood, send the children to the same school?
The private letting sector just doesn’t work for people who want to rent long term. At best, there is always the worry that tenancy won’t be renewed next time (many tenancies are only six months). We need a huge expansion of social housing where tenancies are assured and rent is controlled.That’s Green Party policy.