If you are housed in social housing from your local council the housing must meet certain minimum standards. In recent years there have been many instances where local authority housing developments have been of very poor quality and have had severe problems with damp, mould and sewage. This has happened with older housing units and also new ones.
These living conditions have been proven to cause severe health difficulties for adults and children who are living in the property.
Tenants of such properties may be entitled to claim compensation for substandard housing conditions. There is evidence that people living in these properties have suffered from substandard housing related illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis, chest infections, pneumonia and e-coli infections. Also residents report suffering from headaches due to the awful smells from these issues.