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Call to crack down on rogue landlords

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Just under a third (29.3%) of privately rented homes in Bristol fail the decent home standard, according to housing charity Shelter.

This is a significant proportion of more than 39,000 such homes in the city, and Shelter is calling on mayoral candidates to make a public commitment to crack down on landlords who rent out properties which are in a state of disrepair.

To fail the decent home standard properties are either not in a fit state of repair, do not have modern facilities or are not adequately heated.

Complaints about landlords in Bristol have doubled in the last three years, with more than 500 complaints seen in 2011/12, and Karen MacVean, Shelter's Bristol advice service manager, said more needs to be done to prevent rogue landlords from renting out properties that are not fit for anyone to live in.

She stated: "Everyday people who are living in the most appalling conditions come to us for help because they can't get their landlords to take action. No-one should have to live in homes with damp, mould, no heating and life-threatening hazards.

"We must show rogue landlords that they won't be tolerated, so that everyone in the city can have a decent place to call home."

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