Around 840,000 private renters in England and Wales have built up rent arrears since lockdown measures began and one in five tenants have debts of more than £1,000, according to recent research from National Residential Landlords Association.

The survey shows that 7% of private renters are in arrears due to the pandemic and younger people and the self-employed are the worst affected. One in five renters in arrears owe more than £1,000 to their landlord and the average arrears were between £251 and £500.


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