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One in Nine Tenants Affected by Poor Housing
A study of over 4,000 tenants by Shelter has found that one in nine feel their health has been affected by poor conditions in their home. 35% had a problem with dampness while 17% complained of a leaking roof or windows. The findings back up previous work which has found that a third of privately rented homes fail the government’s Decent Homes Standard. There are now more than 1.3 million families with dependent children renting privately, 10% of those involved in the study felt their children’s health had been affected.
As part of the “nine million renters” campaign Shelter is calling on Local Authorities to sign up to a commitment to stamp out rogue landlords in their areas. The Charity would like to ensure landlords are prosecuted for Housing offences and is calling for an increase in proactive inspections. Chief Executive Campbell Robb feels that despite a good reaction in some areas Local Authorities could do more. “Many local councils have already joined Shelter in committing to stamp out rogue landlords, but hundreds more have yet to do the same. We’re urging those who remain to act now to protect the health of children in their area and get rid of rogue landlords for good.”
Whilst agreeing with the need to tackle poor conditions the Residential Landlords Association have criticised Shelter’s emphasis on rogue landlords calling for a more balanced approach. Chairman Alan Ward said: “ whilst it is easy to highlight stories of bad practice and poor accommodation, little is said about the 84 per cent of tenants who are satisfied with their accommodation, a larger proportion than the social sector.”
For more information on Shelter’s Evict Rogue Landlords campaign contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Read Dr Stephen Battersby’s blog on Shelter’s Evict Rogue Landlords campaign at the UK Housing Professionals forum.