British Gas and Shelter, the housing charity, has announced a major five-year partnership that will help one million British households improve the standard of their homes.
British Gas and Shelter are today setting out ‘Better Homes for Britain’, a joint three-point plan for improving standards in the private rented sector, which includes:
1. A joint commitment to improve the standard of one million homes in the private rented sector over the next five years
2. Helping private landlords meet the statutory minimum standard for private rented homes
3. Policy recommendations to raise standards in the private rented sector
British Gas managing director Phil Bentley said: “At British Gas, we visit 50,000 homes everyday keeping our customers’ homes safe, warm and working. However, private rented homes are lagging behind owner occupied homes and the social housing improvement programmes we are proud to support.
“British Gas is proud to be joining forces with Shelter. Together we plan to deliver better standards in the private rented sector, better support for tenants and, most importantly, better homes for Britain.”
Shelter CEO Campbell Robb said: “A lack of affordable housing and the difficulties facing young people today in getting on the property ladder mean renting is now a long-term way of life for more and more families across the country.
“With these increasing levels of demand, it is totally unacceptable that so many of our rented properties are still not meeting the basic standards families should be able to expect in their home. At Shelter we see so many shocking examples of families forced to live in homes that are damp, in appalling condition or even unsafe to live in.
“Together with British Gas, we’ll have the scale and reach to improve the condition of a million homes and set out the policy reform we need to improve our private rental sector for good.”