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By Jill Stewart

The publication comprises uncomplicated technical info for finishing condominium surveys, distinctive but transparent backgrounds to and motives of making use of appropriate laws and dialogue of present coverage and approach. All this can be subsidized with case stories and examples of ways thought and legislations are positioned into perform in genuine occasions. exact in its insurance, essentially illustrated and protecting such assorted subject matters as housing defects, caravan websites, asylum seekers and social exclusion, the booklet is key studying for everybody occupied with the housing area.

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Problems frequently occur where accommodation is shared and maintenance of equipment is the responsibility of another person, such as a landlord. Those living in flats, hostels, bedsits, and bed and breakfast accommodation are most vulnerable, often because dangerous appliances have been reconnected or where owner-occupiers cannot afford to maintain or replace faulty equipment. The increase in asthma, particularly to children, has been heavily publicised in recent years. Asthma is a respiratory condition and symptoms include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and tightening of the chest.

Space standards Statutory overcrowding is now uncommon except accommodation such as HMOs, where conditions are aggravated by a variety of other factors including sharing amenities and the means of escape from fire, which can lead to accidental injury as well as to increase the risk of fire. This is particularly so in bed and breakfast accommodation where a study has found almost 50 per cent to be statutorily overcrowded, lacking adequate facilities and providing little control over occupier’s personal space, such as in communal areas (Conway 1988).

HMO residents are ten times more likely to die in a fire than residents of other dwellings (Home Office 1989). Increased reliance on artificial lighting due to changes in the Building Regulations might cause physical damage and increase the possibility of accidents. There is an increased risk of accidents (especially to older people) in poorly lit accommodation, which might be improved by better light bulbs and decoration to increase illumination. Depression Whilst depression is not exclusively caused by poor housing, there is no doubt that living in poor housing conditions can aggravate feelings of isolation and desperation, leading to the development and maintenance of mental ill health (Arblaster 1993, Ineichen 1993).

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