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Calls to housing charity double in one year


Housing charity Threshold have revealed they received their highest number of calls ever in 2016.

The figures, contained in their annual report released yesterday, show more than 71,000 calls were received by the charity last year, over double the number received the previous year.

Threshold, an advice and advocacy service that works mostly with renters to try to help them deal with landlords and help them stay in their homes, say a third of the calls were from people at risk of losing their home.

Speaking at the release of the report, Threshold chairperson Dr Aideen Hayden (pictured above) said:

“The unprecedented level of calls received by Threshold in 2016 is indicative of the financial and mental distress experienced by those living in the private rented sector, where there remains an acute shortage of supply.

“The country is in a state of crisis and not enough is being done in the area of prevention to close the floodgates on homelessness.

“We have seen examples of illegal rent reviews, landlords giving notices of termination in spurious circumstances to existing tenants to secure higher rents and failures to keep accommodation up to minimum standards.”

The charity say they want to see the establishment of a database of rents for incoming tenants to see what the previous tenants were paying.

To view the report please click on the following link