Shock report reveals grim reality for hundreds of tenants across the region

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Hundreds of private tenants in Greater Manchester are living with damp, mould and dodgy electrics, according to a hard-hitting report.

New research reveals just how many people who rent privately are forced to endure slum conditions - and how landlords are raking in thousands of pounds for homes often infested with mice and cockroaches or which flout safety standards.

Housing charity Shelter commissioned a poll of private tenants across Greater Manchester that found 40 per cent of renters had suffered from bad electrics, damp and mould in the last 12-months.

Housing bosses and politicians say that the problems are not just confined to Manchester but offer a grim snapshot of conditions around the UK.

“It is shocking that Shelter has reported that 40% of people living in privately owned rented accommodation in Greater Manchester complained of damp and mould.

"Damp and mould in many cases can be directly liked to fuel poverty as damp is likely to manifest more quickly in homes that are not heated regularly."

Salford has its own fuel poverty strategy. “A Fair Energy Deal for Salford”. It is working on with partners such as National Energy Action, energy companies, registered social landlords and landlords in the private rented sector to obtain a pledge to reduce the number of prepayment meters and replace them with standard meters.

“A shocking 22pc of households in Salford have prepayment meters, whereas the national average is 15.1pc,”

Salford also launched “Warm Salford” campaign in 2015, which provides additional grants to give vulnerable households better access to energy.

 

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