More than a third of furloughed private renters (37%) are worried about being able to pay their rent when the coronavirus lockdown ends, according to new research published on 4th June by the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). This means around 250,000 people in this group could be in a position where they struggle to meet their housing costs when the lockdown ends.
The research, based on a sample of 1,031 private renters in a YouGov survey of 6,430 UK adults, demonstrates the precarious situation faced by many households who are renting privately.
Whilst the changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme announced last week seek to mitigate a rise in unemployment when the current arrangements end in July, it remains likely that more workers will lose their jobs in the coming months and not be able to pay their rent.
This new research indicates that if that happens, large numbers of people could need to rely on the social security system for support with their housing costs for the first time.
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