Rental properties in Windsor and Maidenhead are soaring while household incomes tumble.

Now the charity Shelter is calling on the Government to build more affordable homes to meet the growing need.

The ‘rentquake’ may have started in London but it has spread to towns and cities everywhere.

In Windsor and Maidenhead, the average rental cost of a two-bedroom home increased 15 per cent between 2011 and 2017 . Meanwhile, the average household income fell by 0.8%.

In the 2017-18 financial year, the average monthly rent of a two-bedroom home in Windsor and Maidenhead cost £1,225.

Shelter has called on the Government to come up with a new plan for social housing, to ensure that people on low income jobs can find somewhere affordable to rent.

Greg Beales, the campaign director at Shelter, said: "With this surge in private renters the housing market has shifted massively and yet as a country we’ve failed to respond.

“This has resulted in consecutive governments focusing on better-off home owners while not doing enough for hard-pressed renters.

“We need politicians of all parties to sit up and take notice of the rising numbers of renters and ensure they're doing all they can to protect them.”

Of the estimated 23.1 million households in England in 2016 to 2017, the private rented sector accounted for 4.7 million or 20 per cent of households.

Across England, the proportion of household income spent on rent by private renters has also increased, reaching 41per cent.