Older people increasingly find themselves renting these days due to prohibitive property prices. Although renting can be a perfect option for many, it sometimes has downsides, particularly if the property owner is solely interested in generating profit.
Short-hold tenancies and a lack of regulation for rent price increases mean that unscrupulous proprietors may abruptly put up your rent price or serve you notice. Another concern for tenants is the unwillingness by some “landlords” to fix properties that have fallen into a state of disrepair.
A leaving notice can place renters under stress, and disrepair can have adverse consequences for your health and wellbeing. If you ever find yourself in any of these situations, or your “landlord” does not listen to your requests, you have options to ensure that your rights are respected.
Renters Legal is a social enterprise by Advice4Renters, a London charity with over thirty years experience helping disadvantaged and vulnerable tenants every day, as well as campaigning for better rights for renters. Renters Legal aims to help renters across England who are not entitled to legal aid. Being part of a charity means that their affordable fees – much lower than those of private solicitors – help other renters who cannot afford to pay. It also means you can get involved in their efforts to transform the sector, and take part in their informative sessions and courses for renters.
Jacky Peacock OBE, Advice 4Renters Director, stated: “Older people from all backgrounds increasingly live in rented properties. It is unacceptable that some landlords try to abuse disadvantaged and vulnerable renters, and Advice4Renters exists to end these abuses. We have now set up Renters Legal to help less disadvantaged people, so that renters financially better-off can ensure their housing rights and demands are taken into account too.”
You can get information on line at www.advice4renters.org.uk/legal-advice-tenants, call them on 020 3002 2784, or visit them in their Kilburn office at 36-38 Willesden Lane, London NW6 7ST.