Rents: Arrears

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 9 March 2023.

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Photo of Dan Carden Dan Carden Labour, Liverpool, Walton

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of rent debt.

Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

We understand the pressures people are facing with the cost of living and that paying rent is likely to be a tenant's biggest monthly expense. Individuals who need help towards their rental payments may be eligible for a range of support through the welfare system.

The English Housing Survey 2021-22 found that 3% of private renters were in arrears and 4% of social renters were in arrears at the time of interview (Apr 21 - Mar 22). These levels are similar to those the year before, which were 4% for both tenures (Apr 20 - Mar 21).

More recently available data, from the ONS' Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, found that only 5% of all renters reported being in arrears between June and September 2022.

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