Anybody who ever experienced moving houses under a deadline or searching in a critical moment for a roof over their head know the feeling. The feeling of solitude and desolation to be unable to know exactly if and where you’ll rest your head at night.
Right now, there are over 120 000 children in this situation. These are the figures of children living with their families in emergency housing. The real problem is: the number of families living in temporary, emergency, accommodation rose by 500% in the last 9 years.
Temporary or emergency housing is paid by the government. And the yearly sum allocated to solve this problem was of more than £105m/ year in the last 8 years. It sums up to almost £845m of public money.
But the solution to this problem doesn’t stand only in the hands of the government. Landlords might have a win – win solution to the problem of these families if only they would consider reducing or eliminating deposits.
The following article on Property Reporter mentions the problems, but also suggests some very good solving to the housing problem of those in difficulty: