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Regulate the Rogues

Regulate the Rogues is Crisis' campaign to stop rogue landlords exploiting people who need housing and support to leave homelessness behind.

Everyone should have a safe home that meets their needs.

But thousands of people experiencing homelessness who require additional support are living in unsafe, squalid homes while their rogue landlords profit - without providing the help they're supposed to.

We have been supporting a Bill in Parliament that will bring in new laws to root out rogue landlords and protect people living in exempt accommodation.

After months of pressure from Crisis supporters, the Bill has passed its final stage in Parliament - a huge campaign win!

This win is all down to our incredible supporters and campaigners. When we work together, we can achieve huge change.


How we won the campaign

The Supported Housing Bill will force out rogue landlords and make sure residents get the safe home and support they need.

We couldn’t have done it without you.

Watch this video to find out how we won the campaign and what it means for people facing homelessness.

Exempt accommodation explained

Some people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness live in accommodation that comes with support to help them rebuild their lives and thrive.

This could be because they have had to flee domestic abuse, have a serious mental health condition or have suffered a traumatic event in their lives. This type of housing is known as supported housing or exempt accommodation.

There are many good providers of exempt accommodation, who work hard to help people transform their lives.

However, some rogue landlords are exploiting the system for profit while leaving people in unsafe, dangerous shared housing with little to no support.

We've heard from people who have been abused, intimidated and even forced back into homelessness to escape this situation.

Rogue landlords are ruining lives. With good housing and support, people can thrive.

How is this affecting people?

Through our services we've heard from many people who have faced distressing conditions in supported exempt accommodation.

We've heard from people who have been abused and intimidated by their landlord, and even forced back into homelessness to escape this situation

Many residents have no option but to remain in poor quality, unsafe housing with little to no support or leave and face returning to homelessness.

No one should have to face situations like this. Discover their stories below.

"It had a bad impact on my mental health. I was even crying myself to sleep at night – it was that bad."

Richard turned to exempt accommodation when he had nowhere else to go. But he didn't feel safe there, and there was no support at all.

Read Richard's story now
“I wanted to move out of there so badly, I was going to sleep every night with my jaw clenched."

Hannah has lived in accommodation managed by two different supported housing providers and had mixed experiences.

Read Hannah's story now

What are we campaigning for?

When managed well, exempt accommodation can provide good quality housing and support to people who need additional help to leave homelessness behind.

But we must root out the rogue landlords who are only seeking to profit from people in vulnerable situations.

We have been supporting a Bill through Parliament, led by Bob Blackman MP, that will introduce new laws to force out rogue landlords, improve standards and stop rogue landlords trying other ways of exploiting the system.

The Bill passed the Third Reading in the House of Lords in June 2023. When it goes for Royal Assent, it will become law.

We’ll be pushing for the measures included in the Bill to be implemented as soon as possible.


Find out more

Read the campaign briefing

Find out more about the Regulate the Rogues campaign with our campaigns briefing.

Campaign supporters

Birmingham City Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

Hull City Council

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LGA Labour logo

The Furthermore Project


Birmingham Supported Living 2010

St Petrocs

South Yorkshire Housing Association

EVA Women's Aid

St Mungo's

Homes for Cathy

Mayday Trust