Tens of thousands of rented homes across the UK are unsafe to live in due to poor maintenance and repair.
Why it matters
The admission by the Levelling Up Secretary highlights the poor state of much of social housing and the need for better regulation of private landlords. The recent death of the two-year-old boy has brought the issue to the forefront of public attention.
What the papers say
The Mirror, The Guardian, The Independent
How we got here
In 2016, Conservative MPs voted against a Labour amendment requiring landlords to make their homes "fit for human habitation". The government is exploring beefing-up rules for private landlords, six years after Tory MPs voted against the move. The government has also missed its target of building 300,000 new homes this year.
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