Today, Kate Osamor MP attended the second reading of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill, supported by Labour MP Karen Buck, which aims at reintroducing a ‘fitness for human habitation’ minimum standard for all rented properties.
One million properties in England are classified as “category 1 hazard”, representing a “serious and immediate risk to the person’s health and safety”.
Speaking on the subject, Kate says:
“This Bill is a very needed improvement to housing standards. I see too many of my constituents in Edmonton living in unsuitable places full of damp, without heating or even infected by rats.
Because of the rising prices in Enfield, Edmonton has become a ‘hotspot’ for buy to let, which has led to further lowering of living standard. The situation is even more dire for the over 900 households living in temporary accommodation in my constituency.
Labour has called for years for such a Bill to be passed but our calls have been ignored by the Tories. It took the Grenfell tower tragedy for them to acknowledge that current standards are unacceptable and that housing conditions are a matter of life and death.
The Bill not only offers an obligation for landlords to make the properties they rent fit for human habitation, but also offers ways to all tenants in the private sector or in social housing to enforce this obligation.”