Tackling the rent crisis in Bristol

We’ve teamed up with the Bristol Fair Renting Campaign, which is supported by Shelter, and community union ACORN Go to https://www.acorntheunion.org.uk/ (opens new window) to look at options for tackling the rent crisis in Bristol. On 2 March, nearly 150 people who rent homes came together to share their experiences and work on solutions. 

We have agreed to look at: 

  • the possibility of introducing rent controls in the city
  • discussing enforcement powers
  • ways to tackle discrimination in renting

We will be seeking more views from people affected by the renting crisis across Bristol, through further engagement, taking place soon. We want to find a solution that works for people who feel they are being forced out of the city.

Renting in Bristol

There are over 134,000 people currently renting privately in Bristol, this represents almost one-third of the population.

Over the last decade, private rents in Bristol have increased by 52%, while wages have only risen by 24%.

On average, Bristol residents now need almost nine times their annual salary to buy a house.