Should rented accommodation be “fit for human habitation”? : Another Angry Voice

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In January 2016 the Labour Party tried to add an amendment to the Tory Housing and Development Bill in order to ensure that all rented properties are “fit for human habitation” but Tory MPs (1/3 of whom are landlords) voted the amendment down.

It doesn’t seem like too much to ask to specify that if you’re going to rent out a house for people to live in, that house should be in a fit state to be lived in, but apparently that’s too damned much for the Tory party and their financial backers.

It beggars belief that anyone would try to argue the case that there shouldn’t be a rule to prevent unscrupulous slumlords renting out properties that are unfit for people to live in, but that’s precisely what the Tory government and their tribalist followers did at the time they shot the Labour Party amendment down.

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