Rogue landlords are pocketing billions of taxpayers’ cash [Image: Getty].

Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey said: “A Labour government would act decisively to raise standards for private renters so that no-one has to live in sub-standard, dangerous housing, including by giving local councils new powers to sort out bad landlords in their areas.”

Let’s all just remember that, while we squat in our freezing garrets, waiting for this year’s embodiment of the spirit of Rachman to come and demand more of everybody’s money.

It seems a Conservative Government has no problem handing out billions of pounds in return for a substandard service in the housing rental industry – especially if it gets to blame the tenants for a problem that has nothing to do with them.

Theresa May makes much of her claims of fairness – where’s the fairness in that?

Rogue landlords are pocketing billions of pounds of taxpayers’ cash every year, research reveals.

Private landlords letting sub-standard homes trouser £2.3billion in housing benefit annually, according to an analysis by Labour. That amounts to £1 in every £10.

The figures, from the official English Housing Survey, show the scale of public subsidy for private landlords whose properties are classed as being of a “non-decent” standard.

The rating means houses contain a serious hazard or have fallen into a poor state of repair.

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