Tenant Tracy Pemberton in her kitchen
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One million rented homes in England are 'unsafe'

Around one million privately let homes in England are so substandard they are dangerous, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has said.

A lack of social housing, and cuts to housing benefit and legal aid, have seen tenants forced to live in unsafe buildings, often with exposed electrics, mould and damp.

Councils say they are doing what they can to tackle the problem but argue clear, workable legislation is needed.

Keith Doyle reports.

  • 05 Feb 2011