Frome Renting Alliance

Frome Renting Alliance hopes to make a real difference in the town, bringing together renters, landlords and lettings agencies to improve renting in Frome.This project is currently on hold while we develop the concept. If you would like to help us please contact us.

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1 in 5

Private renters rely on Universal Credit

Around 20% of UK households now rent their home from a private landlord, with a further 17% renting from a council or housing association. Although the exact figure is unknown, Mendip District Council estimates that there are now over 7000 privately rented homes in our district.

For some people renting can work fine, but others struggle with insecure tenure, cramped or poor-quality accommodation and continually rising costs. Alarmingly, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors predicted in 2018 that UK rents will climb by 15% over the next five years, with the South-West and East Anglia experiencing the sharpest growth. The growth of AirBnB and second home properties in Frome only contributes to the problem. 

And although one in five households in the private rented sector rely on Universal Credit, in a town like Frome there is a crippling mismatch between benefit levels (the Fixed Housing Allowance) and the market rent. For example, in November 2019 the average monthly rent of a two-bed property in Frome was £735 pcm (, November 2019) whereas the local housing allowance (benefits) for a two-bed property is £535 pcm. As a result, people who are in receipt of Universal Credit – or a pension – can have great difficulty acquiring and maintaining a home in the private rented sector. 

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