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

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Policy Press, 2003 - Social Science - 65 pages
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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, 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 in 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.This study will be essential reading for a wide range of practitioners and academics whose interests and responsibilities span older people and their reliance upon the housing and welfare systems.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
Experiences of older tenants with their landlords
Legal protection legal remedies and the private rented sector I I
definitions and debates 19
the impact of the 33
making life more difficult for 41
Supporting older people in private rented housing 49
Recommendations 56
References 62
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Nancy Carlton, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of the West of England, Frances Heywood, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, Misa Izuhara, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, Jenny Pannell, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of the West of England, Tina Fear, School of Continuing Care Adult Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of the West of England and Robin Means, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of the West of England

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