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26 April 2017, 18:25
Three Families, Including A Baby, Live In This Tiny House
The appalling scenes were caught on camera by LBC which joined the mayor of London and police officers raiding properties in Plaistow in east London.
Houses that were damp, overcrowded and even infested with cockroaches were found.
In the first, three families, which included a baby, shared a tiny three bed house where cockroaches crawled over their clothes.
In the second, at least eight men, possibly more, were sharing four rooms and sleeping on mattresses on the floor. The kitchen and bathroom were unusable and live wires were left exposed.
One man in this house, who had his own room, was paying £650 rent per month.
Sadiq Khan went on the raids as he announced plans to set up a new database that will name and shame corrupt and criminal landlords.
The database will be published on the mayor’s website in partnership with six London boroughs: Newham, Brent, Camden, Southwark, Kingston and Sutton.
It will highlight landlords and letting agents who have been successfully prosecuted for housing offences.
The database is due to launch in the autumn.