CAN anyone from the council please answer this question.

Why are so many properties allowed to build low-storey buildings at the end of their

gardens, which are then rented out as bedsits? I am a family support officer and I am often shocked when I visit these dwellings.

They are often two rooms and a toilet, which is rented for £600 per month (and above in some cases).

Do these dwellings have to follow the same guidelines as other properties rented out by landlords and are they even declared as being rented out?

The conditions are often overcrowded and lack proper insulation/ventilation, causing damp and black mould.

The council needs to investigate just how many there are hidden in back gardens, because I'm sure the council tax for these properties/ dwellings would stop the need for some of the service cuts we are having to make in this borough.