Opinion: Social housing providers are not meeting their obligations
PUBLISHED: 15:46 08 October 2019
I have had to deal with numerous cases of residents whose mental health has been seriously affected by failures of social housing providers.
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There are families with young children trying to cope with complex physical and mental health issues whilst struggling to survive in the most appalling conditions. One family, for example, was left in situ whilst long overdue work was being carried out on their property; internally, the house was like a building site with demolished walls, exposed electric wires and water leaking through the ceiling.
It appears that social housing providers are not meeting their duty of care towards their tenants and leaseholders, which is a particular problem for the elderly, the disabled and the isolated who may not feel that they have a voice, or the support they need to challenge these providers. Only recently, there was the tragic case of an elderly woman in Kensington whose body was not discovered for two days.
It is crucial that housing associations are held to account, both now and post-Brexit, to ensure that they meet their health, safety and maintenance obligations.