What's the problem?
One in seven private rented homes are unsafe. That could mean toxic levels of mould or faulty electrics causing a fire hazard. The Grenfell Fire is a horrifying reminder of what living in an unsafe home can really mean.
What can we do?
If your home is in disrepair and your landlord isn’t listening then you can ask your council to inspect your home or take your landlord to court to demand repairs. For lots of renters, this just isn’t realistic. Whether it’s lack of money or political will, councils aren’t enforcing safety standards in homes.
Generation Rent is holding councils to account. For the past two years, we've been asking councils to let us know how many 'enforcement notices' they have sent out to private landlords asking them to make repairs. You can see some of our data here and in The Guardian here
Our data show that only a handful of councils are reliably providing tenants with this protection. If councils aren’t routinely using their powers then tenants will continue to be cowed into silence.
Do you believe that you’ve had a revenge eviction after making a formal complaint to your council? Get in touch with us and let us know by emailing Georgie: [email protected]