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"THE RESCUE" - 1855

"THE RESCUE" - 1855

May 26, 2009

FIRE SAFETY

Move over Oliver Twist.

According to The Sun newspaper on May 26, 2009:

A LANDLORD pocketed £36,000 a month by cramming families into single rooms and even SHEDS, a council has claimed.

Families were often charged £1,000 for one small room in the "unsafe" flats and houses.

Showers doubled as toilets and "kitchens" were just microwaves.


Harrow Council raids in North West London found breaches of fire safety - with one family-sized house having 17 people in six flats.

Legal action was launched over eight properties. Cllr Marilyn Ashton said: "We uncovered a squalid picture of overcrowding. It could have been Charles Dickens's London."