As housing becomes one of the most important issues to the electorate, elections will be greatly influenced by disgruntled private renters, according to a poll from AXA insurance. Their survey of 2000 tenants found that 69% of renters would vote if a snap general election was called, compared with 53% when they conducted the same survey last year. AXA believe an ‘epidemic of financial anxiety’ amongst renters is fuelling this greater political engagement, with 72% of private renters suffering from financial anxiety (defined as affecting their sleep, relationships or health). 59% of respondents say their biggest reason for worry is their inability to save for a deposit for their own home. ‘We’ve recently seen a flurry of legislation aimed at the private rental market,’ said Gareth Howell, Executive Managing Director, AXA Insurance. ‘Landlords are responding to it, as our research over the past four years shows rapid improvements in energy efficiency … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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