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The majority of private tenants are happy with their lot

Official figures released this week by the English Housing Survey show that some 84% of private tenants are satisfied with their housing.

What's more, 72% said they are satisfied with the way their landlord carries out repairs or maintenance.

In both cases, private tenants expressed higher satisfaction than their social counterparts - 81% and 66% respectively.

Commenting on the findings, the Residential Landlords Association's policy director, David Smith, says the positive figures dispel some of the 'myths' around the private rented sector.

"It shows once again that the vast majority of private sector landlords do a good job and look after their properties and tenants properly," he says.

"The Government should recognise this and ensure policy supports the vast majority of landlords who are individuals to continue providing the good quality homes to rent we need whilst improving enforcement to root out the criminals who have no place in the market."

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