The Brighton Argus has reported today (28th August 2018) that renters are paying 35% of their income on rent. I was asked for my comments on this and whether this was contributing to rough sleeping. This is what I said, most of which was published in the article:
“The cost of housing in Brighton and Hove is driving more and more people into poverty, where renters pay 35% of their salary of their rent. ‘Home Truths 2018’, a study earlier this year by the National Housing Federation, reported that it is worse in the private rented sector where renters pay, on average, £1,292 or 55% of their income on housing.
“Increasingly people are finding nowhere to rent in the city, and people born and bred here are having to move away from family and friends, merely to keep a roof over their heads. Others are losing accommodation and are unable to find anywhere affordable to live. Some end up sofa surfing, others rough sleeping, and we are seeing at First Base Day Centre people in employment who are living in their cars.
“At the same time we are seeing developments all over the city, but these homes are rarely for ordinary people on average incomes. Rather they are being marketed in London for people selling up in the capital, or for the mega rich who are looking to invest in property in an affluent city like Brighton.
“The risk to the economy of Brighton and Hove is that talent is being priced out of the city and we might become a dull, dormitory town made up of exhausted London commuters.”