The proportion of private renters in arrears in England has more than doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic according to the latest Housing Resilience Study.

These statistics reveal that in April-May 2021 seven per cent of private renters were in arrears, up from three per cent in 2019/20. This amounts to over 780,000 renters.

An extra nine per cent indicated that they expected to fall behind with their rents over the next 12 months. This comes despite private rents having fallen in real terms.

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