Citizens Advice Bureau renews attack on standards within the private rented sector

The Citizens Advice Bureau has made claims that private tenants from across income scales are living in unsafe properties that fail to meet basic legal standards. Their report, Paying a High Price for a Faulty Product, shows that 30% of households living in unsafe, privately rented homes have an annual income in excess of £30,000, with 18% earning more than £40,000 per year. Furthermore, it states that the private rented sector is the most likely to have category 1 hazards – 17%, compared to 12% of owner occupied homes and 6% of social rented homes. Category 1 hazards can include rat infestations, unsafe electrics, cold and damp.

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