Saturday, February 26, 2011
Enterprising landlords find innovative solution to housing crisis
Illegal sheds in back gardens which have been converted into housing are being inspected by Slough Borough Council as part of a housing crackdown. Recent years have seen an increase in landlords converting sheds in their back gardens into illegal dwellings. In the past three months, a housing team from Slough council has inspected 300 suspected 'sheds with beds'. The council has served 133 notices, requesting landlords to remove kitchens and showers from the sheds. The council describes the 'sheds with beds' as residential chalet style buildings at the back of occupied properties. The housing teams found that 40 sheds out of those inspected were hazardous due to problems such as poor electrics and only eight dwellings out of the 300 were found to be paying council tax.