‘Tens of thousands’ of rented homes in shoddy condition, Michael Gove admits

Housing secretary asked if he is ‘embarrassed laying out those statistics’ - 12 years after Tories came to power

Rob Merrick
Deputy Political Editor
Thursday 24 November 2022 08:52 GMT
Michael Gove says it makes him ‘angry’ that people are living in shoddy social housing

“Tens of thousands” of rented homes are in a shoddy or unsafe condition similar to that where a two-year-old boy died from exposure to black mould, Michael Gove has admitted.

The housing secretary acknowledged the poor state of much of social housing – prompting a suggestion he should be “embarrassed” by the situation, 12 years after the Conservatives came to power.

Mr Gove also revealed the government is exploring beefing-up rules for private landlords, 6 years after Tory MPs, notoriously, voted against the move – calling it needless and costly for landlords.

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