New fighting fund launched to tackle 'beds in sheds'
Tuesday 15th May 2012
A new fighting fund has been launched against criminal landlords of ‘beds in sheds’.
Housing minister Grant Shapps has allocated £1.8m to areas blighted by the problems, and appealed to councils not to turn a blind eye.
‘Beds in sheds’ are often rented to migrants, including some with no right to be in the UK, at extortionate rates, and offering appalling conditions.
Shapps said the money would help the worst affected councils – Brent, Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Newham, Peterborough, Redbridge, Slough and Southwark.
Shapps said: “I’m determined to flush out criminal landlords who think they can make an easy buck from cramped, cockroach-ridden outhouses. The scandal of beds in sheds must come to an end.
“In the 21st century it simply isn’t acceptable that people should be forced to live in such squalid and unsanitary conditions. That’s why I’ve allocated £1.8m to help councils in the worst affected areas crack down on this cruel exploitation.”
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