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Thousands housed in converted office buildings

There is growing concern for thousands of vulnerable families being rehoused in converted office buildings and industrial estates. Private developers are allowed to buy the commercial properties and turn them into bedsits, without planning permission. Much of the accommodation is cramped and unsuitable. Dozens of former commercial blocks in towns like Basildon, Croydon and Harlow are now being used to accommodate homeless people, as our home editor Mark Easton reports. First broadcast: 09.04.2019

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