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One in three adults in Britain ‘do not have a safe or secure home’


(The aftermath of a fire at the Edward Woods Estate in London.)


A “decade of neglect” has pulled as many as 22 million people into the UK housing crisis, new research has revealed.


One in three adults in Britain do not have a safe or secure home, the survey of 13,000 Brits by charity Shelter showed, with “deep inequalities” meaning Black people are 70 per cent more likely to be affected by the housing crisis than white people.


The findings come as “no surprise” after a “decade of neglect and failure by ministers on housing,” said Lucy Powell MP, Labour’s shadow housing secretary.

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“The pandemic has shown the deep inequalities in our housing system, with those in insecure, overcrowded homes more at risk of the health and economic impacts of the crisis including many who were previously able to keep up with their housing costs, but through no fault of their own are now in dire straits,” she added.


“Instead of an ambitious plan to deal with the housing emergency, ministers are weakening protections for people with Covid-related rent arrears, kicking renters rights and social housing reform into the long grass, and diluting measures to build more affordable homes to rent and buy.”

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A spokesperson for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: “It is unacceptable for people to live in unsafe accommodation,” adding that the government is “providing over £750 million this year alone to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping and investing over £12 billion in affordable housing”.


More than half (54 per cent) of people with a significant disability – 1.8 million UK adults – live in poor or overcrowded housing, struggle to cover rent on their incomes or have faced discrimination when trying to secure a home, compared to 30 per cent of people without a disability.


Shelter said the survey of 13,000 people used eight criteria to determine if someone’s housing circumstances could be considered “safe and secure”, including the affordability of their home, if it is unsuitable for their needs or in need of repair, and if they have experienced discrimination because of their race, gender, disability or sexuality. Shelter partnered with YouGov to carry out the research as well as analysing the government’s latest homelessness data.

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“I pay good money for this place – I can’t afford a big food shop anymore. I really have to watch how I eat,” said Krystalrose, a 27-year-old single mother who was pulled into homelessness when pregnant and lived in a hostel before moving into her current home. Up to 65 per cent of single mums – accounting for one million adults – did not have a safe or secure home compared to 37 per cent of two-parent households.

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“I thought for the amount of money it was going to be a proper home. I’ve tried to make it feel like one, but it’s not. The mould has ruined my daughter’s cot and all our clothes.“I’m asthmatic and we have both become ill because of it. It’s just been about coping. I’m on antidepressants now because of the stress.

“我想这笔钱应该用于一个合适的家。我试着让你觉得是,但不是。霉菌把我女儿的帆布床和我们所有的衣服都弄脏了。 “我有哮喘,我们都因此生病了。这只是关于如何应对。因为压力太大,我现在在服用抗抑郁药。

“All I want is a home where we can feel safe and comfortable. The simple things like a wardrobe to pack your clothes away, a living room with a sofa to sit on, not having to share a bedroom. My daughter doesn’t know what that feels like. It’s like our lives can’t move forward.”

“我只想要一个我们感到安全和舒适的家。简单的东西,比如一个可以 打包 你的 衣服的衣柜,一个有沙发可以坐的客厅,不必和别人共用一间卧室。我女儿不知道那是什么感觉。那感觉就好像我们的生活无法前进一样。”

Nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of those surveyed, equivalent to 11.8 million people in the population, live in homes with major damp and mould problems, or struggle to keep them warm in winter.


People earning less than £20,000 per year were 70 per cent more likely to have housing problems compared to households earning £40-£45,000 per year, meaning 4.7 million adults on low incomes did not have safe or secure homes.

与年收入40- 4.5万英镑的家庭相比,年收入低于2万英镑的家庭有70%的可能出现住房问题,这意味着470万低收入成年人没有安全或有保障的住房。

Four million people said they were regularly forced to cut back on essentials such as food and heating to pay rent or mortgage costs. The same number of people reported feeling worried they could be evicted.


Nearly half (49 per cent) of bisexual people and two-fifths (40 per cent) of gay or lesbian people were impacted by the housing crisis, compared to 32 per cent of heterosexual people.


“Decades of neglect have left Britain’s housing system on its knees,” said Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter. “A safe home is everything, yet millions don’t have one. Lives are being ruined by benefit cuts, blatant discrimination and the total failure to build social homes.”


The government must ramp up house building efforts to create 90,000 good-quality new social homes each year if it is to tackle the “unaffordable, unfit, unstable and discriminatory” housing system.


“Shelter believes a safe home is a human right, but the pain and desperation our frontline staff see every day shows this is still a long way off,” Neate added.


“That’s why we are fighting for the single mum who has to put her child to bed in a room covered in mould, and the disabled man living on the twelfth floor with a broken lift. We are fighting for everyone impacted by the housing emergency – and as we emerge from the pandemic, we want the public and politicians to do the same.”


The MHCLG spokesperson said: “It is unacceptable for people to live in unsafe accommodation and that is why we have given councils stronger tools to crack down on rogue landlords, including fines of up to £30,000 and banning orders.


“We’ve also announced major reforms to support tenants, including our Charter for Social Housing Residents, that will provide greater redress for residents, better regulation and improve the quality of homes.”


You never feel settled or secure because;
1、Your Landlord can end the tenancy/kick you out with a few months notice
2、You often can't decorate your own home
3、You often feel like you can't demand repairs and improvements for fear of being turfed out
4、You fear losing your deposit
5、You fear the process of having to find somewhere new and often pay for fees etc on a new place up front
6、The actual process of packing and moving is very daunting, especially if you don't drive. For years I never bought nice furniture because my mindset was "I'll have to carry that down the steps, into the van and back up another flight of steps at some point". It's such a hassle to move you end up not keeping stuff and over the years I gave away or sold lots of possessions I either didn't have space for in my rental home or couldn't manage to move again.
All that runs through your mind constantly when you rent and it's enough to make people ill and really take the shine off life.

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You’re paying to live there, so for the time you’re there, it should feel like your home (within reason), but renters get treated not as customers who are paying for a service, but cash cows. Your list was spot on.
The radiators in my rented bungalow aren’t good enough for the size of the bedroom. There’s no where else to put the sofa without blocking the radiators in the living room. So we spend a fortune on heating, even with it on, it doesn’t heat the room up at all. This past winter our heating bill was around £200 a month. My parents spent less than half that heating their 5 bedroom house.
I can’t ‘demand’ the house be better insulated/ heated, because it already has heating. I should just be lucky I’m not homeless, right?
Many landlords have the ‘I’m doing you a favour letting you live here’ attitude, so I’m scared to complain about anything.


Our landlord kindly took £50 a month off the rent of our place during the pandemic. It goes back up this month. We pay £1500 a month in rent. Her mortgage is just over £600. She sees herself as some sort of philanthropist for reducing the rent for us for a year and mentions frequently how important it is to her that she is a good landlord and that she does things like this for people in our shoes who will find it more difficult to ever buy somewhere. And every time I have to hold my tongue. If she really cared about us being able to eventually buy somewhere ourselves, she'd let it out for £800pm. I know she's doing us a favour because she could charge an extra £50 a month but it still fucks me off.


We just bought our first home. We move out in two weeks.
We haven't asked for a single repair other than a broken window for fear of rent being increased after our fixed term contract ended. The window broke due to a storm months ago and hasn't been fixed yet. The bathroom was mouldy and falling apart and they finally replaced it just as we move out.
We were set to have to pay an entire month's rent for our flat to sit unoccupied due to an overlap in rent/mortgage, basically just deleting £800, but our landlord said because we were such great tenants they'd let us give just three weeks money.
I thought 'great tenants, fucking dream tenants. Never asked for anything, paid rent non stop even throughout the pandemic'
Fuck landlords. Being a landlord shouldn't be a job.


Landlords are bastards. Our last landlords told us they were selling the house in May 2020 (yes peak UK covid) and so we had about 30 sets of people traipse through our house. Then we had to find somewhere to live in the middle of a pandemic. Brilliant. Thanks guys.


As a renter, you essentially:
1、Have no money because you're spending huge amounts paying your landlords mortgage.
2、Have little say on how you actually live in the property.
3、Are at the mercy of the landlord / could be turfed out within at least two months notice.
The biggest problem right now I can see is, if I were asked to move out I don't know where we would go. Everywhere local now boarders on unaffordable. We would be fucked. Despite my wife and I both working. It should be enough.


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I'm university educated, living and working in the South East. The only affordable way of living is to live in a house share with strangers. If I wanted to rent my own one bed or studio flat, i'd be paying over 2/3 of my wage in rent and bills alones, having to then pay for food, and the necessities of modern life. This would leave me in financial ruin if my car broke down or I had other costs.
In a house share you're treated like a child, at the whim of your landlord who sees you as just a number to fill a room. It's an incredibly deppresing experience, seeing people move in and out while moving on with their lives in their high paying jobs, while you're stuck.
The only realistic way for me to afford to even rent my own place, let alone save to buy, is to find a partner. When my parent's were 8 years younger than me, they were buying their first 3 bedroom house on minimum wage jobs, supporting multiple kids.
I am seeing new builds in my area, designated as 'affordable', going for 250,000 minimum. Rental propetties are like gold and the prices are rising every year.
Life in the UK is incredibly unfair.


I live in a cheap area and its the same here too. The problem here is that the houses that would be affordable for young people (i.e victorian terraces/ex-council housing) get abused by landlords who can rent a 2 bed terrace as 3 individual rooms.
These homes aren't expensive, in terms of the actual brick and mortar value. They should be some of the most affordable housing in the area (if not the country as a whole) but because they can make triple the income from letting them as individual rooms the value of them skyrockets.


Same, I live in the south east, I have a masters degree and have a fairly well paying job, but the cost of living is atrocious, my closest town regularly has 1 bed flats going for £300k. I'm 28 and still living with my parents because it seems utterly pointless moving out and living on my own.


My landlord put the rent up in a pandemic after purchasing from my old landlord so I have been forced to move. Once again my savings are ruined just by the moving process.
I will never be able to afford a permanent home in the current state of the property market.
Landlords are scabs that don't contribute anything to society but take half of working peoples pay who are contributing.


I’m from the US, and can say the standard of hospitality and care here for tenets from landlords and freeholders is the absolute fucking least.
I live in Islington, and we live in a perfectly pleasant part of town. Also, I really do like our little flat.
However, almost none of the doors latch properly, all the hinges are painted over, I’ve had to manage black mold in a few crevices in the kitchen and bathroom due to shoddy or aged plumbing, we can’t put in any additional nails or screws in the wall, can’t own a pet, etc. also had to bug our landlord for like a month to get the fucking key to our back door and could also take their lock off our storage shed.
But I’ll say again, I like our place. The standard here though is def sort of fucked.


We were evicted for the first time after 10 years of renting before xmas during the pandemic. They say the landlady is moving back in, but we suspect they just didnt want to ask us for more rent and are going to move another tenant in after fixing it up a bit. Luckily we were given extra time to move out, but it has made us feel so insecure with renting we have decided to buy instead this time.
Even with very generous gifts from our parents, our family of 5 is still having to move into a 2 bedroom flat above a cafe. The mortgage repayments are half what our rent alone is, never mind the council tax.
For 10 years we have proven that we can cover rent and bills at extortionate prices, we have never been late with a single payment, but we still cant get a mortgage to fit our family, even though we could obviously afford to pay it back. In a few years, when our youngest starts school, I will be able to get a job but it wont count towards the mortgage for 3 years.


Unlike many other countries, anyone can buy up property in the UK, and sit on it as an investment. Other countries prevent this by having laws in place to prevent non resident people, and companies, from buying up residential property.


This is happening in many lands across the world. From Canada to New Zealand and many place in-between.
It's a business model !


I am so angry growing up to live in a world like this