More renting privately in Sunderland

More people in Sunderland are renting from private landlords than a decade ago, new figures show.

More people renting privately.
More people renting privately.

New figures from the 2021 census show 18,096 households in the area were renting privately when it was carried out in March 2021 – 14.8% of the 122,177 households in the area.

At the time of the previous census in March 2011, 12.2% were private renters.

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That is in line with national figures which showed there are now five million private renters – 20.3% of households, up from 3.9 million (16.7%) in 2011.

The data comes as a housing campaign group calls on the Government to come good on its promise of a better deal for private tenants.

Dan Wilson Craw, deputy director of Generation Rent, said these tenants are “paying high rents to private landlords, face a much greater risk of living in a poor-quality home, and live with the threat of eviction at short notice”.

He added that despite the Government recognising the need for reforms – such as abolishing so-called 'no-fault' evictions – it is yet to introduce legislation.

The census figures also show the number of households owning their home has dropped nationally from 7.8 million (33.5%) in 2011 to 7.4 million (29.7%) last year.

In Sunderland, home ownership fell from 33% in 2011 to 27.1% last year.

A spokesperson for the Department of Levelling up, Housing and Communities said: “Ensuring a fair deal for renters remains a priority for the Government, which will deliver on the commitment to abolish Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions and introduce a Renters Reform Bill in this Parliament."