Party promises legal standards to help renters after research finds people pay £800m a month for ‘non-decent’ homes.
Renters in England are paying £800m every month to live in homes that are classified as “non-decent” by the government, according to new research by the Labour party. It finds that 400,000 families with children are among those living in 1.3m substandard private rented properties with problems including unsafe wiring, severe damp and vermin infestation.
Labour’s shadow secretary of state for housing, John Healey, said his party would commit to new minimum standards to help renters “call time on bad landlords”.
“Our homes are at the centre of our lives, but at the moment renters too often don’t have basic consumer rights that we take for granted in other areas,” Healey told the Guardian. “In practice, you have fewer rights renting a family home than you do buying a fridge-freezer. As a result, too many are forced to put up with unacceptable, unfit and downright dangerous housing.”