Only 26 "Beds in Sheds" cases reported to Bexley Council in two years

PUBLISHED: 15:30 17 February 2014 | UPDATED: 15:45 17 February 2014

Just 26 cases of "Beds in Sheds" have been reported to Bexley Council in the last two years, it has emerged.

A freedom of information request by The Times revealed the low number of cases of people living “in accommodation that is not classed as residential”.

A Bexley Council spokesman said: “We are fortunate in Bexley not to have the scale of ‘beds in sheds’ problems that some inner London boroughs may experience.

“The small number of cases that we have had have been dealt with by liaising with our partner agencies or by using planning enforcement rules.

“We hope that these methods will continue to produce positive results.”

The illegal structures, some dangerous and cramped, are offered by landlords - often to Britain’s illegal migrants.

In 2013, four London boroughs - Redbridge, Newham, Hillingdon and Ealing - were given £800,000 to tackle the issue.

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