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“People were living in a walk-in freezer”: the dire inadequacy of the private rented sector

There is a strong case now for a specialist housing court to give tenants better protection

By Clive Betts  

Photo: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

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…

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