Problems with shared homes

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I READ your report on a fire in a ‘shared house’ with interest as well as relief that no-one was seriously injured.

Presumably this was a private rented dwelling in multiple occupation.

Research shows people in multiple occupancy homes being 10 times more likely to die or be seriously injured than those in single or family homes. To many this is a shocking statistic but private rented dwellings are generally by far the worst in terms of serious hazards when compared with social housing and owner-occupied dwellings. Typical of these hazards are risk of fire, faulty electrics, inadequate heating, faulty gas appliances and dangerous steps and stairs.

Far from making this a priority and preventing those potential injuries and deaths, Sheffield City Council is cutting the number of staff working on improving housing conditions. This will mean even more vulnerable householders at risk.

John B, S6