Homes fit for habitation

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There are 11 million private renters in the UK - twice as many as ten years ago - but our homes aren’t good enough. 1 in 3 privately rented homes doesn’t meet the Decent Homes Standard and 1 in 6 has a category 1 health hazard, which means it’s dangerous to live in. That means people getting carbon monoxide poisoning from faulty boilers, people missing time off work and academic commitment due to illness caused by mould, and living in rooms with rats and cockroaches.

In 2016 the government voted down an amendment that would make rented homes “fit for human habitation” and guarantee the standards of the homes we live in. We’re demanding that they reverse that decision and calling on landlords to meet those standards in the meantime.

We demand that the government passes a law requiring all rented homes to be fit for human habitation, and that all landlords meet that standard immediately.


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