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The Legal Problems of Renters: Findings from How People Understand and Interact with the Law

Pleasence, P; Balmer, NJ; (2015) The Legal Problems of Renters: Findings from How People Understand and Interact with the Law. (TLEF Research Findings ). Legal Education Foundation: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

At the time of the 2011 Census, 8.3 million (or 36 per cent) of households in England and Wales were rented. Thus, the ability of individual citizens to resolve legal problems related to rented housing is a matter of broad societal importance. Looking at the English and Welsh Civil and Social Justice Panel Survey (CSJPS), renting housing problems were reported by 4 per cent of first wave respondents, 3 per cent of second wave respondents, and accounted for 7 per cent of all ‘justiciable problems’ across both waves. Looking at just respondents who rented their home, problem prevalence rose to 10 per cent. As detailed elsewhere, rented housing problems are far from uniformly distributed across those who live in rented accommodation. They are more common for particular population groups, reflecting the ‘social patterning’ of legal problems (Pleasence, Balmer & Denvir, 2015). For example, the youngest survey respondents reported more such problems than others, as also did lone parents and cohabitants with children. Rented housing problems were reported to have often lasted a long time, with almost half of all problems still ongoing after twelve months and more than a quarter still ongoing after two years. Thus, their impact is felt both widely and deeply.

Type: Report
Title: The Legal Problems of Renters: Findings from How People Understand and Interact with the Law
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.thelegaleducationfoundation.org/wp-con...
Language: English
Additional information: This is the published version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Legal rights, Legal knowledge, Legal capability, Access to justice, Legal problems, Justiciable problems, Housing problems
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1575451
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