News | Published March 26 2019

Rogue landlords exploit students, warns government minister

Chris Skidmore will vow to crackdown on "rogue private landlords" in a speech to students on Monday.

The Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation has been alerted to "appalling stories of students living in terrible conditions".

According to the Independent, Skidmore is expected to call on landlords to start providing "basic standards of living" for their tenants.

"For too long rogue private landlords have been exploiting vulnerable students by failing to provide even basic standards of living," he will say.

Skidmore's speech will come just days after the introduction of the 2018 Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act on Wednesday.

The Act looks to provide tenants with more powers to hold landlords to account if the accommodation displays serious defects.

Prior to the introduction of the new legislation, NUS research found that 40 per cent of students surveyed reported that they had seen either mould or damp on their walls.

Heather Wheeler, the minister for housing, is now calling on landlords to sign up to a code of practice created by Unipol and Universities UK.

She said: "[The government] worked tirelessly to ensure all tenants, including students, have access to a fairer private rented market across the country."

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