From my own personal experience, and after speaking to thousands of social housing tenants over the past few months, I’ve learned that ‘any housing isn’t always good housing’.
It’s always said that you’re really lucky to be a social housing tenant in the UK, however the reality for many is that it’s a living hell.
We all have an idea of our ‘dream’ home and living comfortably, but for many of the people I’ve spoken to their living situations have left them suffering with depression and other mental health issues and physical issues.
Yet they still continue being ignored by many social housing providers, MPs and the government. From living with faeces pouring down their walls to being crushed by kitchen units poorly attached by social housing providers, to living with mice, rats, cockroaches, damp and asbestos – it is a long list.
I’ve spoken to residents who say they’d much rather drive around the city than go home early and be forced to stay in an environment that is unsafe and depressing. It’s more common than most think.
Social housing is thought to be there for some of the most vulnerable and in-need individuals in our country, from the poor to disabled, terminally ill to people who have had rough childhoods.