Labour warn of “a return to pre-war slum housing”

Labour warn of “a return to pre-war slum housing”

14:07 PM, 2nd July 2018, About 6 years ago 5

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Responding to today’s announcement from the Labour Party that they would create “Healthy Homes Zones” and join up housing and health policy, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has welcomed the proposals but called for more details.

The Labour Party has claimed that hundreds of thousands of rented homes are unfit to live in, and warned of a return to pre-war slum housing if standards are not improved and housing and health policy better integrated. In response, the Party has set out plans to create healthy homes zones that would target areas with the worst quality housing.

Other measures that would be put out to consultation new landlord licensing powers and penalties, the appointment of a “tsar” to report on progress, and plans for a £50 million housing and health inequalities fund.

Tamara Sandoul, Housing Policy Manager at CIEH, said: “We welcome Labour’s proposal to bring housing and health closer together. The quality of housing is a key determinant of health, especially for the young and the elderly – who are not only more susceptible to poor conditions affecting their health – but also tend to spend most of their time in the home.

“Healthy home zones are a promising proposal, but there is a real need for far more detail on what they would do in practice. It is certainly clear that there is much to learn from existing initiatives like selective licensing schemes and national landlord registration schemes to see how well these operate in practice and how future licensing schemes could be fine-tuned to target poor conditions and improve quality of housing.”

How about creating an environment where there are any Private landlords left that still want to rent to tenants!

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david porter

10:24 AM, 3rd July 2018, About 6 years ago

There are many many homes which are unfit for 21st Century living. They are called council tower blocks.
The private rental sector as a whole provides better quality homes but at a higher rent. Many Private rental landlords are selling up due to section 24 finance acy 2015.
There are 4m rental homes which house perhaps 12m people. These home will be sold to yuppie f.t.b. and house two or three people each. The shortfall will land on local government who will shoulder the blame.
The prospect of 36 month tenancies will only affect a very few tenants as the rest will have been evicted.


11:31 AM, 3rd July 2018, About 6 years ago

Great, so let's increase licensing and hit the compliant landlords with more costs whilst the rogues continue under the radar. Why is there such little motivation to improve compliance of the rules we already have in place


18:49 PM, 3rd July 2018, About 6 years ago

Can't wait for Labours utopia, especially when they start dishing out 'money trees'!

Jay James

20:18 PM, 3rd July 2018, About 6 years ago

labour at it again with the rubbish

Old Mrs Landlord

11:16 AM, 7th July 2018, About 6 years ago

The way things are going we won't have to worry about Labour's plans for the private rented sector as by the time they get into power there will be no sector left to regulate - the Conservatives will have taxed and regulated it out of existence by stealing the Greens' and Labour's ideas. The choice for renters will be the corporate bodies' expensive all-singing, all-dancing tower blocks subsidised by government or a few under-the-radar criminal rogues who pay no attention to regulations and pay no tax either. Well done, the party of business and the entrepreneur! Cynical, moi?

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