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Housing: Long-Term Plan

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:58 pm on 9th February 2016.

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Photo of Teresa Pearce Teresa Pearce Shadow Minister (Housing) 4:58 pm, 9th February 2016

There are three prisons in my constituency, and that issue worries me greatly.

Private rents have soared well beyond inflation, which places more strain on tenants’ finances. Although most landlords do provide good-quality accommodation, the English housing survey estimates that almost one in three privately rented homes are non-decent. A quarter of a million properties in the sector are estimated to have a category hazard. According to a major report by Shelter which followed a YouGov survey, 61% of tenants had experienced mould, damp, leaking roofs or windows, electrical hazards, animal infestations or gas leaks in the last 12 months.