The average UK rent has jumped by 8.6% in the last year to surpass £1,000, according to figures published this month, while the cost of living crisis has meant many are struggling to heat their homes.
Meanwhile, the number of no-fault evictions in England has been returning towards pre-pandemic levels, official figures published last November showed, despite government promises to ban the practice. There were 3,280 households in England put at risk of homelessness because of no-fault eviction notices between April and June 2021.
The pandemic also saw the largest wave of student rent strikes in four decades, as young people pushed back against hall lockdowns and paying for minimal in-person teaching.
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