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In Disrepair: Bristol’s broken renting system

It’s no secret that renting in Bristol can be a nightmare, from spiralling costs to high demand, poor conditions, discrimination and insecurity.

This series will tell the stories of renters in Bristol, dig into how the pandemic has affected the crisis, and, crucially, what can be done about it. We will join the dots between local issues and the wider housing crisis in the UK, holding the council and central government to account on pledges for action.

These articles were informed by a callout to Bristol Cable readers to share their experiences.

Illustration: Sophia Checkley

In Disrepair: Bristol's broken renting system

‘I pay more in rent than I ever did on a mortgage’: renting in your 40s, 50s and 60s

Renting isn't just for young people. Older renters in Bristol thrown ‘curveballs’ by life are being left financially insecure by the rental market.

‘Absolutely hopeless’: Bristol’s young renters on the crazy demand for rooms in the city

In Disrepair: Bristol's broken renting system

Families on the frontline of Bristol’s rental crisis

Renting privately when you have dependents adds another layer of complexity to a broken system.

Why we’re dedicating time to investigate the renting crisis in Bristol

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