9781861344588

The Harassment and Abuse of Older People in the Private Rented Sector

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  • Copyright: 2003-01-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Summary

Help the Aged funded this major study because of concerns that older people living in private rented housing were vulnerable to abuse and harassment by landlords. Drawing upon detailed research with older people, professionals and landlords in six different localities in the UK, the report provides the first major study of this important issue. The report concludes with a series of recommendations to central and local government. These include the need for changes in such areas as the overall regulation of the sector, the rights of older tenants and the housing benefit system. The recommendations also cover the need for better training for professionals about abuse and harassment, improved age related records and the need for improved funding for advice and advocacy services.

Author Biography

Frances Heywood is a Research Fellow at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements v
Advisory Committee vi
Introduction
1(3)
Rationale behind the research
1(1)
Aims and objectives of this report
1(1)
Current policy links
1(1)
Definitions
2(1)
Research methods
2(1)
The structure of the report
2(2)
The development of the private rented sector
4(7)
Introduction
4(1)
The decline of the private rented sector 1900-89
4(1)
Growth and change 1990-2000
5(1)
A tenure of last resort?
6(1)
A profile of the private rented sector and its older tenants
7(3)
Summary
10(1)
Legal protection, legal remedies and the private rented sector
11(8)
Introduction
11(1)
Occupational status and security of tenure
11(2)
Proposals to reform housing law
13(1)
Legal definitions of harassment and unlawful eviction
14(1)
Legal remedies for harassment and illegal eviction
15(1)
Local authority powers
16(1)
Rent increases: what legal protection do tenants have?
16(1)
Summary
17(2)
Elder abuse and adult protection: definitions and debates
19(5)
Exploring differences between emotional and contractual relationships
20(2)
Overlaps and differences in understanding domestic violence, elder abuse and harassment of tenants in private rented housing
22(1)
Summary
23(1)
Experiences of older tenants with their landlords
24(9)
Introduction
24(1)
Harassment and unlawful eviction
24(1)
Financial abuse
25(1)
Privacy and control
26(1)
Repairs and improvement
26(2)
Change of landlords
28(1)
Relationship with `good' and `bad' landlords
28(2)
Insecurity and fear of rent increases
30(1)
Ignorance or unskilful use of the law
31(1)
Summary
32(1)
Living in the private rented sector: the impact of the wider housing market and social and housing policies
33(8)
Introduction
33(1)
Private landlords and local factors
33(2)
Private tenants in the context of wider social and housing policies
35(2)
Needs that the private rented sector meets
37(2)
Summary
39(2)
Problems with `the system': making life more difficult for older people in private rented housing
41(8)
Housing Benefit administration
41(4)
Housing Benefit: the way forward?
45(1)
Lack of age-specific records
45(1)
Barriers to access to justice
46(1)
Summary
47(2)
Supporting older people in private rented housing
49(7)
Introduction
49(1)
The role of advice services
49(1)
Tenancy relations, environmental health and home improvement grants
50(1)
Relationship with landlords: partnership or regulation?
51(1)
Supporting People: towards a wider choice of housing and support options?
52(1)
Changes to Housing Benefit
53(1)
Vulnerable adults policies: the role of social services
54(1)
Summary
55(1)
Recommendations
56(6)
Re-introducing a secure form of private sector tenancy
56(1)
Regulating the private rented sector
57(1)
Amending law and regulation in relation to older tenants
57(1)
Reforming the Housing Benefit system so that it better meets the needs of older tenants
58(1)
More training and education for the police and service providers
59(1)
Keeping age-related records
59(1)
Providing more funding for support and advice services; and creating specialised advice services for older people
59(1)
Supporting and planning alternative housing solutions
60(2)
References 62(3)
Appendix: Key informants 65

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