The Great Housing Rip-Off - Join in the debate
The Chancellor's announcement in last week's Spending Review of a 50% cut in the budget for social housing in England over the next four years - coupled with the continued difficulty of first-time buyers trying to secure mortgages - likely means more people relying on private rental accomodation.
Though many landlords provide a good service for tenants, Panorama has been investigating some who are cashing in on an affordable housing crisis by renting to the poor on housing benefit - but short-changing their tenants.
John Sweeney has been on the trail of some of the so-called 'rogue landlords' receiving large amounts of housing benefit money - by one estimate as much as £3.5bn is going to neglectful or bad private landlords.
Councils say they are doing all they can within the laws available to them - but the new housing minister has ruled out setting up a landlords' registry to keep track of those who are deemed substandard. Panorama examines a problem that seems not only unlikely to go away, but set to get much worse.
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