councils must inspect private housing before placing people in them

councils must inspect private housing before placing people in them

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Adwoa Nsiah started this petition to Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London)

Me and my son were placed in a private accommodation in 2017 by the council. I tried to explain to them that the property was in dilapidation and unsuitable. The council said our only option was to move in or be taken off the homeless list. I asked the housing officer to carry out an inspection of the property but was told she couldn't do this as the property was in another borough. We moved into the property and it has been a terrible experience as there were multiple leaks, mould and dampness in the property. I tried to inform the council and was told that they can't do anything about it as it was a private property. It took the Landlord a year to sort out these repairs which have not been completed to the correct standards. This property is unlivable and no one should be forced to live like this. I eventually got environmental health from the borough that I am living in to come and do an inspection and they have labelled the property and unlivable and a fire hazard. It didn't meet fire safety standards. I want you to join me in the fight to pass a law that councils have to inspect private properties that they place people in even if it is another borough. This is to stop families being forced to live in hazardous and unsuitable conditions. 

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