The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has written to Shelter questioning the latest statistics from the housing charity which claimed that tenants across the country are suffering at the hands of rogue landlords.
Shelter claimed last week that 125,000 tenants had suffered abusive behaviour from landlords in the past year, although the number of tenants cited as calling its helpline was actually less than 17,000.
RLA Chairman Alan Ward has written to the chief executive of the charity saying the figures “do not add up” and accused Shelter of being “selective” in the data it chooses to publish.
Shelter claims that 120,000 privately renting tenants in the West Midlands and another 100,000 tenants in the North West are subject to various forms of harassment. This exceeds the published national figure and the RLA has requested clarity on how these numbers were attained.
The RLA has questioned if the figures were taken from a smaller survey sample and then extrapolated. Shelter claim that YouGov conducted the research and the RLA has asked for the numbers to be published in full.
The RLA also notes that the case studies used across the UK appear to be one tenant renting in London.
The RLA says Shelter’s claims are very serious and should not be taken lightly, however transparency with figures must be provided and it says its request should hopefully shed some light on such an “emotionally charged” subject.