Stronger action is needed to address the chronic housing shortage, which includes getting more young people on to the housing ladder, says a Leeds planning specialist.
Sam Dewar, director of DPA Planning, was commenting on a report by the Resolution Foundation, which found that up to a third of young people face living in private rented accommodation for the rest of their lives.
The think tank said 40% of “millennials” – those born between 1980 and 1996 – were living in rented housing by the age of 30. That was twice as many as “generation X” – those born between 1965 and 1980.
The government has said its already putting policies in place to improve the housing market.
“Generation rent” need a lot of help and quickly, said Sam Dewar, who wants to see more affordable homes built for first-time buyers, as well as better protection for those who rent.
He said: “Britain’s housing crisis is critical. Conditions for the millions of families living in private rented accommodation need to be improved. Tenancy reform could raise standards and cut the risks associated with renting.”
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