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MPs call for sweeping changes to housing association regulation

Demand comes after Guardian investigation uncovered issues including damp and rats at newbuild developments

The regulation of housing associations needs sweeping changes, MPs have told the Guardian, after an investigation into troubled new-build developments that have benefited from more than £60m of public money.

The investigation into properties across London found issues with five housing associations: Catalyst, Sanctuary, Notting Hill Housing, Wandle and the One Housing Group, who together control 175,000 homes. Problems experienced by tenants and homeowners have included structural defects, damp, mould, broken lifts, infestation by rats, and poor customer service.

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