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Social landlords urged to fit flooring in properties

A survey has found that 48% of tenants in Welsh social rental properties do not have floor coverings, and landlords have been urged to supply flooring for all tenants.

The survey, conducted by housing charity Tai Pawb and tenant and landlord advisor TPAS Cymru, found that 80% of social landlords do not fit laminate flooring or carpets in their properties, apart from the legally required non-slip flooring in kitchens and bathrooms. Consequently, nearly half of all tenants are living without floor coverings because they cannot afford them.

Floor coverings are essential for keeping homes warm and safe. There are sound issues in homes without flooring, and people can experience breathing difficulties living with bare floors.

The survey authors recommend that social landlords provide flooring or that community grants are provided to tenants for the purchase of laminate flooring or carpets. Alicja Zalesinska, Director of Tai Pawb, said:

“Most of us will take for granted the provision of flooring or carpets but for many tenants in social housing in Wales, that isn’t the case. The report highlights some of the key issues tenants face, including an impact on the warmth of the property, their sense of safety and mental health.”

The survey focused on Welsh social landlords, but in the rest of the UK, not all social housing includes floor coverings either.

Tenants on higher incomes often prefer to buy their own carpets and laminate flooring in their Cheshire and Wirral rental properties so that they can choose the style and quality to suit their taste and budget.

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