Almost half a million private rented homes infested with vermin, says Shelter

By agency reporter
October 16, 2015

A Shelter and YouGov poll of over 3,700 private renters revealed that bad living conditions are rife in rented homes. Almost half (49 per cent) said they had problems with poor conditions or disrepair in the last year.

Over a third of private renters surveyed lived in a property with damp or mould this year (34 per cent), over one-fifth suffered with poor insulation and excess cold (22 per cent), and electrical hazards were reported by 11 per cent of renters.

Nadeem Khan, helpline adviror for the housing and homelessness charity said: "Every day at Shelter, we speak to people desperate for help after being forced to live in appalling conditions for months on end.

"Some of the housing horrors we hear are truly shocking – from people who are forced to live in flats crawling with fleas or rats or with water pouring out of the toilet waste pipe, to those who've been through the ordeal of a fire in their home caused by faulty wiring.

"No-one should have to live in a home which is unsanitary or unsafe, and that's why it's crucial to know your rights as a renter. We are here to help anyone putting up with bad conditions."

* Shelter http://england.shelter.org.uk/home

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