Amendment which Labour said would give additional protection to renters was defeated by 312 votes to 219 [Image: Alamy].

It would be funny if it weren’t real.

Only days after David Cameron announced a plan to bulldoze “sink” estates – social housing characterised by economic and social deprivation – to make way for new build, only half of which would be social housing and all of which would cost more, the Tories have ensured that private landlords don’t have to make their properties fit for use.

Result: Prices of the decent properties will go up and people will be driven out or forced to live in filthy pits.

Even if they are, these poor people will never be as filthy as the Tories who put them there.

Conservative MPs have voted against proposed new rules requiring private sector landlords to ensure their properties are fit for human habitation.

A Labour amendment to the government’s housing and planning bill, designed to ensure that all rented accommodation was safe for people to live in, was defeated by 312 votes to 219 on Tuesday, a majority of 93.

[Shadow housing minister Teresa Pearce, who proposed the amendment] said that the condition of some rented accommodation would not be tolerated in other sectors, citing reports of mouldy walls in privately rented properties.

The local government minister, Marcus Jones, said Pearce’s proposal would result in “unnecessary regulation and cost to landlords” that would deter further investment and push up rents for tenants.

Source: Tories reject move to ensure rented homes fit for human habitation | Society | The Guardian

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