I watched the Inside out program tonight about housing here in the Southeast. Yes we need hundreds of thousands of houses but I want to moan about rogue landlords. Up and down the country people are living in unsuitable and unsanitary homes. Those properties are often being paid for by housing benefit. The tax man is funding this and doing very little about changing the status quo. Here in Thanet we have a system of accredited landlords but it has done little to raise the quality of the accommodation and I cannot remember TDC saying no Mr Landlord we will not allow people to live in this squalor. And more to the point prosecute said landlord for taking government funds and not providing a quality product. at the end of the Day it is fraud and many departments are complicit in it. Not only here in Thanet but nationwide. The only reason the authorities keep shtum is if they start sorting it out they will need to accommodate people affected. And it is easier not to rock the boat. Can you imagine how many substandard properties there are in the UK? We are already short of houses and sorting the rented sector out would exacerbate the situation.