Housing charity calls on Bristol mayor to stamp out rogue landlords
A housing charity says a third of privately-rented homes in Bristol fail to meet the "decent home standard".
Shelter is campaigning for rogue landlords to be evicted and driven from Bristol.
The charity says that more than 39,000 homes in Bristol are privately rented, yet nearly a third of these are either not in a fit state of repair, do not have modern facilities or are not adequately heated.
One fifth of tenants have reported that their landlord does not respond to repair requests.
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Shelter is taking over a property opposite College Green for the next few days to open their "Rotten Homes Bristol” campaign.
The charity is inviting Bristol residents to come down, get housing advice, find out how they can report a rogue landlord, and convince local politicians to make housing a top priority.
Shelter will also be calling on the mayoral candidates to make a public commitment to crack down on rogue landlords and stamp out "Rotten Homes", and improve the lives of thousands of renters across the city once they take up office.
Karen Macvean, service manager at Shelter Bristol said: “Every day people come to us who are living in the most appalling conditions, but can’t get their landlords to take action.
"No one should have to live in homes with damp, mould, no heating and life-threatening hazards, but across Bristol rogue landlords are letting out properties that are simply not fit for anyone to live in.
"For people on lower incomes, moving out just isn’t an option – they’ll only be faced with similar conditions elsewhere. We must show rogue landlords that they won’t be tolerated, so that everyone in the city is can have a decent place to call home.”