Housing: Leicester East

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered at on 31 January 2024.

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Photo of Claudia Webbe Claudia Webbe Independent, Leicester East

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will have discussions with Leicester City Council on steps it is taking to reduce damp and mould in low income households in Leicester East constituency.

Photo of Jacob Young Jacob Young Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

Following the tragic death of Awaab Ishak, the Secretary of State wrote to all providers of social housing and to all local authority chief executives, including Leicester City Council. In these letters the Secretary of State set out his expectation that providers should go further than the letter of the Decent Homes Standard, and have particular regard to damp and mould, and that local authorities should take action to resolve poor housing conditions in their area.

All landlords have legal obligations to remedy disrepair, ensure homes are fit for human habitation and to ensure that homes are free of health and safety hazards at the most dangerous ‘category 1’ level. This includes damp and mould. As a registered provider of social housing, Leicester City Council is also required to ensure its homes meet the Decent Homes Standard.

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