There is a strong case now for a specialist housing court to give tenants better protectionby Clive Betts / May 11, 2018 / Leave a comment
This country faces a housing crisis and while the problems posed by a broken housing market are widely acknowledged, it can help to shine a light on specific challenges. The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, of which I am Chair, has been focusing on some of the problems in the private rented sector.
The sector has doubled in size over the last 15 years. Although the vast majority of homes within it are of a decent standard, a significant minority can only be described as shockingly inadequate.
As part of our inquiry, we visited a London Borough to find out how they enforce standards. While there, we saw a garden shed configured to accommodate not one, but two households. We heard about 25 people being accommodated in a small three-bedroom house. People were living in a walk-in freezer. A family was living in a chipboard construction in a garden, with a fridge and a washing machine powered by a wire from the kitchen.
Through our online forum, we heard directly from tenants about the poor conditions they had suffered. One submission said: