Domestic abuse support groups have warned that women will be unsafe if unregulated refuges are allowed to continue offering accommodation.
One organisation said “women could die” if the practice does not stop.
They fear the government’s Domestic Abuse Bill could see private landlords offering rooms for vulnerable women fleeing violence.
The government said it was introducing a new legal duty for councils to provide safe accommodation.
Those working in the domestic abuse support sector say the bill – which is going through Parliament – could allow people with no expertise in such cases to compete for funding to provide accommodation.
This could lead to more victims being placed in unsafe housing, the groups said.
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