A Nottingham health inspector has lifted the lid on some of the worst examples of hazards he has seen in rental properties as selective licensing is introduced in the city.

Steve Matthews, principal environmental health officer in Nottingham City Council’s safer housing team, has highlighted some of the worst instances in his two decades of inspections.

He said: “I’ve been in this job for 20 years and the most common thing we see is issues around fire safety. Not only do we see properties with no smoke detectors, but also with poor means of escape or a lack of doors


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