Is it fair that thousands of Welsh children have to live in poor conditions including electrical hazards, damp, mould and cold?
In Wales, nearly one in ten private tenants with dependent children said that their children’s health has been affected in the last year due to their landlord not dealing with repairs and poor conditions.
This means that up to 10,000 children a year may be suffering worse health because of poor conditions in privately rented housing.
Every day at Shelter Cymru we meet private renters who are living in appalling conditions. And the harsh reality is that they have few rights to get their situation improved.
Tenants know that their landlord can make them homeless for no reason whatsoever. They know that if they try to take their landlord on, it is a battle they will ultimately lose.
So tenants do the only thing they can do to protect their families, which is to move… and move… and move. Nearly one in five private renters with children have moved three or more times in the last five years.
And the landlord never has to face up to their responsibilities, because Wales is in a housing crisis and there will always be another set of tenants to move in.
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