A survey of more than 3,000 private and social tenants in England, conducted by YouGov and the Housing and Homeless Charity Shelter, found that 22% of tenants felt that their physical or mental health was harmed by poor housing. Is arriving
The survey also found that the most common tenants’ problems were dampness and mold (26% affect tenants), unable to heat their homes (26%), and struggling to pay rent (21%). And fear of eviction (21% cents)
Tenants affected by one or more of these problems are three times more likely than tenants to find that living without them is detrimental to their health.
Another shelter survey, for private tenants only, found that 22% of people became physically ill as a result of their housing problems and worries.
In addition, a fifth of the respondents said that the issues negatively affected their performance at work.
Shelter’s chief executive, Polynet, said: “The cost of poor housing is spreading to GP surgeries, mental health services, and off-hours.
“The new housing secretary must get a grip on the housing crisis and address a major cause of ill health.”
He added: “Listening to calls to our helpline, there is no doubt that health and housing go hand in hand. Still, millions of tenants are living in homes that make them sick because they are lazy. , Cold, unbearable and extremely unsafe.
“The stress and trouble that comes with knowing if you can pay your rent monthly or if you face eviction is huge.”
Ms Knight said the government could reduce the pressure on tenants to help clear rent arrears, reform private rents and build more social housing.
Vicki Nash, head of policy, campaigns and public affairs at the mental health charity Mind, said: “Everyone deserves a safe, affordable, stable and decent place to live, not something that makes us feel ‘disappointed’ and Deteriorate our mental health.
“Social issues such as jobs, housing and benefits play a huge role in the nation’s mental health.
“Addressing the root causes of poor mental health can prevent people from falling into poverty, allow people to live freely, and further reduce the need for deeper help.”