- The report is based on frequent calls to the charity’s advice line about problems with privately rented accommodation
- Age UK has found that many older private tenants are living in appalling conditions with disinterested landlords and negligent letting agents
- The number of older people renting in the private sector is set to soar in coming years.
Private renting: the future for older people
Currently, households aged over 65 account for fewer than one in ten of all those living in the private rented sector.
This is a rapidly increasing housing option for older people, with 200,000 joining the rental market in the last four years. Estimates show that a third of over-60s could be living in private rented accommodation by 2040.
The report recommends that:
- Environmental health departments should be properly resourced to carry out their duties and take proactive steps where necessary.
- Ensure that older people and their relatives can enforce their rights and improve their conditions without repercussions.
- Older people should be offered flexible tenancies, improve accessibility and heating standards, and offer better protection from bad landlords.
- Privately rented properties should be comfortable, warm and accessible.
- Private rented housing should be suitable for older people in terms of flexible tenancies, accessibility, regular maintenance, location and cost.
- Older people should be informed about their housing options, and have access to trustworthy advice.
Read the report here