News article published on: 20th August 2019
The Guardian newspaper has today highlighted the crowded and dirty living conditions of hundreds of asylum seekers. They are living in accommodation which has been provided by a Home Office contractor. Full article here.
William Ford, partner and specialist housing solicitor commented on the conditions and the likely breach of environmental health legislation. “The issues raised by the Guardian are very concerning. Asylum seekers are generally housed by private contractors in accommodation under a licence, which affords less security and fewer rights than accommodation provided to tenants pursuant to a tenancy agreement. The conditions described are likely to breach environmental health legislation as well as statutory rules on overcrowding.”