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York tenants in crisis
BEN YOUNG is right to ask when politicians will bring private rental agencies under control (Letters, January 7).
Tenants are faced with numerous fees when applying for tenancy, with some even charging to renew tenancy agreements. These charges and the high bonds make it difficult for those on low incomes or benefits to gain access to rented accommodation.
With more families moving into the rental sector, there is also a need to offer stability with long-term leases. At present, tenants face the prospect of landlords suddenly putting their house on the market or demanding high-level rent increases.
These problems need to be addressed with urgency. The 2011 census showed that for the first time in 60 years since records began, home ownership has fallen, with a 79 per cent increase in proportion of all households renting in the York area since the previous census in 2001. All trends show that the rental market is going to continue to increase, with a recent study by Cambridge University projecting that if the UK economy stays stagnant, only 27 per cent of people will be in “mortgaged home ownership” by 2025.
Andrew Collingwood, Langwith Lane, York