The Guardian have stated that the UK property demand has fallen to a 2 year low. Statistics show an increase in the number of rental properties available. However there is clearly still a desperate demand for accommodation.
The tenants here have been exploited and paid to live in "grossly overcrowded, unhygienic and unsafe conditions". I think there are two main points to take from this article. Firstly that the rental industry is still strong and there is no shortage of tenants. And secondly, despite the demand for rental homes, in no circumstances should Tenants be exploited; whether that is from overpriced rent or substandard living conditions. Landlords should ensure properties are of a reasonable standard and that they are not cramped nor provide hazardous living conditions.
A family of rogue landlords have been convicted after they were caught cramming 31 people into a "Slumdog Millionaire-esque" shanty home. Mum and daughter Harsha and Chandani Shah, and Mrs Harsha Shah's brother, Sanjay Shah, stuffed tenants into appalling conditions in a four-bedroom house in Wembley. Brent Council enforcement officers swooped on the property on Napier Road during a raid in July last year and found a a woman living in a lean-to shed in the back garden. The shack had no lighting or heating and was made out of wood offcuts, pallets and tarpaulin.