Shelter turns 50 this year. We speak to Roger, 74, his daughter Lou, 44 and her son Jasper 19 about their housing histories.
Matilda had to find a cheaper place to rent when she became self-employed. She rented from a friend who then became her landlord. Her landlord failed to carry out repairs and protect her deposit in the correct way. After deductions were made to her tenancy deposit, Matilda took her landlord to court and successfully received compensation.
Hayley is 34 and lives in Camden, north London with two flatmates. She works in marketing.
Mike, 34, is a palliative care nurse. He lives in north London. He is leaving London because of the frustrations of private renting.
My name is Alfie. I’m an Advice, Support and Guidance worker at Shelter. I give people advice on housing issues as well as general advice on welfare benefits and debt issues. Sadly, I see a lot of people becoming homeless in London after having to leave a private rented home.
Tracey rents a property in Neasden, north-west London, with her ten-year-old son Rees and her partner Anthony. Her home has damp and mould which are badly affecting the family’s health.
Samantha, originally from London, lives in Tilbury Town, Essex, with her three sons aged 1, 10 and 13.
44-year-old Lou lives in Guildford and is a complex needs carer. She has two children aged 12 and 19. She became homeless after separating from her partner.