Only half of England renters felt safe at home during lockdown

Poll finds 35% of private renters were living in poor conditions at height of coronavirus crisis

Only half of private renters in England felt safe in their homes during the coronavirus lockdown and a quarter said their housing situation had made coping with lockdown more difficult, research has found.

The findings come from a poll, which also found more than a third – 35% – of private renters were living in poor conditions, with electrical hazards, pests or damp-related issues in their home. One in five were struggling to pay their rent or had already fallen behind on payments.

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