I heard today that a relative had passed away, quite young. He had been living in a very dilapidated house, the owner would kindly drive him to the bank once a fortnight to collect the rent, his health had declined dramatically over the past year and he had previously been receiving home help support. The co ordinator told him several months ago they could not longer provide this home help due to the state of dilapidation of the house, which meant under OSH legislation, it was unsafe. I work in the community and have seen a rise in the amount of my clients, who are over 65, living in houses which are to all intents and purposes, absolutely unsafe, not to mention unsanitary, unhygienic, and just bloody shocking. I understand the rentals are low which makes them attractive to people on low incomes but just wondered whether private renters had any comeback, there is never any PM, lease etc and these people are vulnerable, I am not saying the tenants would complain, they would not, but certainly shows a systems failure, ie, my relative, who was under 60 was admitted to hospital several times over the past month and despite being close to death, was discharged back to this environment on each occasion except this one where he was so close to death they were forced to keep him. Not suggesting it is just landlords who may not be doing the righty, for some of my clients it is also the computer repair guy, tv repairers and a range of other individuals.