Social landlords who leave tenants in unsafe homes will be “named and shamed” on social media in a bid to boost standards.
The Westminster government has vowed to post the most shocking examples of mouldy walls, leaking pipes and other issues that have breached the social housing regulator’s consumer standards or where the housing ombudsman has found severe maladministration.
The strategy echoes the tactics used by social housing activist Kwajo Tweneboa who has attracted the attention of Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Steven Bartlett and met with housing secretary Michael Gove following his use of social media to share heart-breaking stories.
“Everyone in this country deserves to live in a safe and decent home. It is unacceptable that anyone should have mould covering their walls, risk slipping on a wet floor or have water dripping from the ceiling,” said Minister for Social Housing Eddies Hughes.
“We have published draft legislation today to toughen up regulation of social housing landlords. This includes naming and shaming those landlords who fail to meet acceptable living standards and giving tenants a direct channel to raise their concerns with government.
“This package will help to deliver on our commitment in the Levelling Up White Paper to halve the number of non-decent rented homes by 2030.”