Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused the Tory government of intentionally not fixing the housing crisis after revelations that thousands of private renters are living in substandard conditions.
Reacting to a report in the Guardian on Sunday, in which it was claimed that more than half a million people aged under 35 are estimated to be living in rented properties so hazardous they are likely to lead to residents needing medical attention, Corbyn said that the government is allowing people to live in hazardous conditions because it is, according to him, “in the pockets of rogue landlords”.
Responding to the story, the Labour leader said: “The squalid and unsafe conditions that hundreds of thousands of people face are at crisis level. The broken housing market is in urgent need of a complete overhaul.
“The Conservatives can’t fix the housing crisis because they’re in the pockets of property speculators and rogue landlords, not on the side of tenants.”
Corbyn has made no secret of his desire to offer tenants greater powers.
In an interview with The Independent two months ago, he claimed that giving private tenants greater security against eviction would reduce homelessness.
He told the online newspaper: “I am very committed to housing and dealing with homelessness. I think it’s a moral litmus test for the country: do we just put up with so many rough sleepers or do we do something about it.
“What we [a Labour government] would do is bring in a more regulated private rented system with particular emphasis on longer tenancies.”