Fears rental costs will drive Guernsey residents into homelessness | Channel

There are fears that the rental value in Guernsey could push some residents into homelessness.

After household difficulties, Paul Goddard, 33, says he was pressured to stay in a automobile for a number of weeks and has struggled to seek out steady housing for years.

He says he was kicked out of the market and regardless of being provided housing within the States, he could not afford the hire.

Based on the most recent official figures from 2019, 264 households had been on the ready listing for inexpensive housing.


The variety of households on the ready listing for inexpensive housing in 2019.

Within the personal sector, month-to-month rents elevated 3.8% between 2014 and 2019.

I believe Guernsey wants to understand that there’s a full-fledged housing disaster and that the subsequent few years are going to be troublesome. Regardless of all the pieces that states and the personal sector are doing to unravel this downside with the creation of a brand new housing inventory, it doesn’t occur in just a few weeks, it doesn’t occur in months. So I am afraid Guernsey is in a really troublesome place for the time being.

Deputy Peter Roffey, Committee on Employment and Social Safety

Guernsey Leases says the issue was extra lately exacerbated by the pandemic, as individuals determined to return to the island after working abroad.

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