Poor living conditions have consistently emerged as a key theme in our research into temporary accommodation. Common complaints include dampness, a lack of heating and basic appliances, poor hygiene and infestations (Not Home, 2014).
While some temporary accommodation is well run, it is often overcrowded, leaving residents with no choice but to share facilities such as kitchens, toilets, bathrooms, living rooms and stairways, which can lead to a lack of cleanliness.
Out of the individuals who participated in our Lifting the Lid research, most were sharing filthy, squalid bathrooms, which were regularly out of order.
We’ve also heard accounts of bed bug infestations, mice, and residents having to sleep next to walls covered in black mould(Hidden Homelessness Exposed, 2021).