Research performed by London-based rental home owner Tipi shows that within London at least, health concerns are the overriding worry for tenants.
The survey questioned nearly 20,000 people regarding what issues when renting got under their skin the most.
In first place were the aforementioned health concerns, which include issues with cockroach and mice infestations, damp, and mushrooms.
Overcrowding took second place. Trust for London figures claim that 13 per cent of social housing and 11 per cent of privately rented households in the capital are overcrowded – double the rate of the rest of the UK.
Security worries took the bronze, with renters anxious about failing locks and other people having access to the property.
The deposit is another worry. Some respondents reported that they had to fight tooth and nail to get theirs back.
In fifth position was uncommunicative and/or unhelpful landlords.
Tipi managing director Rajesh Shah says: “We absolutely expected that there would be plenty of renters out there with tales of woe. What we didn’t anticipate was nearly 20,000 respondents, each with a unique and disturbing experience of renting, the majority in London. In simple terms, renting in London is broken for too many people.”