The results of research into the number of people living in rented property and the value of rents are always interesting to view and it appears that the trend of there being an increased number of people in private rented accommodation continues.

It is of particular note that this IFS study found rent increased by a third over the 20 year period considered. Many households have been affected by the rent increase and the cuts to housing benefit during this time.

The research found that in the private sector, low-income working-age renters with children have been particularly badly affected by these trends. Around 600,000 people in the private rented sector – 500,000 of whom are living in families with children - will face shortfalls between their housing benefit and their rent. The result of this will be that if tenants fall into substantial rent arrears, landlords may respond by seeking possession of their properties.