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Shelter and British Gas join forces to improve rental homes

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by Gill Montia

Shelter and British Gas join forces to improve rental homes

Housing charity Shelter and British Gas have joined forces to drive forward improvements in the UK’s private rental sector.

The two have entered into a five-year partnership and launched a “Better Homes for Britain” campaign centred on a three-point plan as follows:

1. A joint commitment to improve the standard of one million homes in the private rented sector over the next five years.

2. Helping private landlords meet the statutory minimum standard for private rented homes.

3.Policy recommendations to raise standards in the private rented sector.

To further its aims, the partnership is also intending to undertake the widest census of private tenants ever.

Since 2001, the number of private rented homes in the UK has risen 75% to 3.62 million.

According to Shelter, around 1.4 million of these homes can’t currently be classified as “decent”, due to issues such as damp, disrepair and insufficient or broken heating.

The charity’s chief executive, Campbell Robb, comments: “Together with British Gas, we’ll have the scale and reach to improve the condition of a million homes and set out the policy reform we need to improve our private rental sector for good.”


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