Commissioned by the TDS Charitable Foundation, Law for Life has produced a short report assessing the legal information and training resources available for tenants in the private rented sector.
Their initial findings indicate that:
- Information and training resources are needed which address the needs of the most vulnerable and least legally capable amongst tenants in the private rented sector;
- While there are many information resources available generally, they can be difficult to locate.
Law for Life has recommended:
- Producing targeted plain English resources focused on the self-management of problems;
- Consolidating the best information resources for private tenants in a specially designated website.
This need for resources occurs in a context in which only “ 40% of people claim to know their rights in relation to housing” and 47% of people would attribute legal issues in housing to ‘bad luck’ rather than recognising them as justiciable issues, while 73% of people with rented housing problems would not seek legal advice or support.
Commenting on the report, Tara Mulqueen of Law for Life said:
“We wanted to address some of the gaps in information and training available for private tenants and community organisations working in the private rented sector, but without reinventing the wheel or duplicating efforts. We think there is a need to make information and training resources easier to understand and more readily accessible. ”
The report can be review in full here.
About Law for Life:
Law for Life works to ensure that everyone has the knowledge, confidence and practical skills they need to secure access to justice. We do this through community-based education and training, research and policy, and through the Advicenow website which provides easy-to-use information on rights and the law for the public. We also support other organisations around the world to help their users make sense of the law through our research, consultancy, and training.
About the TDS Charitable Foundation
Works to advance education about housing rights and obligations in general, and in particular about:
- Best practice in the management of private rented housing
- Legal rights and obligations of those involved in the provision or management of private rented housing
- Using alternative dispute resolution for more efficient and effective resolution of disputes between landlords and tenants.
We are funded mainly by donations from The Dispute Service – a leading tenancy deposit scheme which operates on a non-profit basis across the UK.
Law for Life
TDS Charitable Foundation