Angela Rayner: Labour will deliver rental reform and abolish Section 21

Angela Rayner: Labour will deliver rental reform and abolish Section 21

10:57 AM, 9th October 2023, About 8 months ago 18

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Landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) will have rental reform – including the abolition of Section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions – imposed on them, Labour’s Angela Rayner has promised.

The deputy Labour leader was speaking at the Party’s conference in Liverpool where she told delegates: “We will provide stability and certainty for the affordable and social housing market so there is confidence to invest.

“Affordable, social and council houses aren’t just a nice add on.

“Labour will achieve rental reform where the Tories have failed for four and a half years.”

She added: “Finishing the job by banning ‘no fault’ evictions.”

Labour’s bold housing and levelling up vision

Ms Rayner also paid tribute to Lisa Nandy ‘who paved the way for Labour’s bold housing and levelling up vision with grit and determination’.

Ms Nandy unveiled Labour’s controversial Renters Charter at last year’s conference which would hand more powers to tenants and abolishing Section 21.

However, that speech led the National Residential Landlords Association to criticise her language for ‘demonising’ landlords.

Failure to deliver the Renters (Reform) Bill

The deputy Labour leader also criticised the Conservatives for its failure to deliver the Renters (Reform) Bill.

Ms Rayner said: “Rents skyrocketing. Mortgages soaring. The Prime Minister’s speech didn’t even mention ‘housing’ once.

“No doubt that’s because his housing policy is the same as his new smoking policy – increase the price year on year, so eventually no one can buy!”

She continued: “But Conference, good wages and protections aren’t enough if every penny goes simply on keeping a roof over your head, if you live in damp, cramped housing – or have no home at all.

“Safe, secure, affordable housing is no longer the foundation on which people can rely.

“Too many people are stuck paying unaffordable private rents. Or living the nightmare of a home wrapped in flammable cladding.”

Reform the leasehold system

Labour will also reform the leasehold system and Ms Raynor said that the Conservatives had ‘sold or demolished’ more than double the number of social homes than have been delivered.

She said: “Families who need a council house are often stuck in cramped temporary accommodation or at the mercy of private landlords.

“That’s why we will get social homes built, brick by brick.”

Labour will also give first-time buyers ‘first dibs’ on new developments and introduce a comprehensive mortgage guarantee scheme for those who can’t rely on the ‘bank of mum and dad’.

Watch Angela Rayner’s speech below – the promises on the PRS start at 41:57.


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Jeff L

11:20 AM, 9th October 2023, About 8 months ago

Yet more soundbites from politicians playing to the peanut gallery, yet no mention of the real solution i.e. build more homes.

Ray Guselli

12:01 PM, 9th October 2023, About 8 months ago

The proposed imposition of the customary Labour anti-landlord polices will do nothing to improve the PRS, but will likely diminish and reduce its size.

She doesn’t seem to grasp that S21 is not just a “no fault” eviction but used because, in many cases, it is a faster route than the already gridlocked court system where justified evictions are taking longer because of a lack of judges, staff and a backlog in the judiciary system.

Ms Raynor wants to hand “more” powers to tenants, why? If she believes that by doing this it will encourage further investment in the PRS she is wildly mistaken.

She is critical of skyrocketing rents: the rents increase because the cost of repairs, labour, mortgages, property insurance and materials is increasing and landlords cannot keep absorbing these rising costs: on top of the burden of increasing legislation.

She said, She said: “Families who need a council house are often stuck in cramped temporary accommodation or at the mercy of private landlords.”

That is not the language to encourage a working partnership between government and the PRS; rather language to cause divide. It is inflammatory, as dangerous as the cladding she refers to.

This speech is designed to dissuade people investing ion the PRS and for current providers to leave: it is a disaster waiting to happen.

All the promises about affordable housing will become election rhetoric and once the reality becomes clear and the PRS shrinks and more people become homeless: only then, will people like Raynor, appreciate that you cannot create something good by talking bad.

Reluctant Landlord

12:20 PM, 9th October 2023, About 8 months ago

the first four words out of her mouth...
'We will provide stability ...'

hahahahahahahah.!

Last landlord out close the door.......

Fed Up Landlord

13:24 PM, 9th October 2023, About 8 months ago

Angela Rayner can get stu##ed. I'm off. Toodle Pip

Jack Craven

13:35 PM, 9th October 2023, About 8 months ago

If Landlords sell their houses, are the homeless going to buy them ?

Nick Van Hoogstraten

13:41 PM, 9th October 2023, About 8 months ago

Labour are just One Big Disaster for tenants! I have once house empty. I'm selling it and the others.

Teessider

13:54 PM, 9th October 2023, About 8 months ago

I like to put myself in the tenants’ shoes.
If I rented a property, paid the rent on time and in full and adhered to the terms of the agreement, I would not be happy if I received a Section 21 Notice to leave my home in just two months time. This would cause me considerable distress. I’d be at the mercy of the housing market, children may need to change schools or travel further to reach their current schools. My place of work could be many miles further from home. My job may become impossible if the only home I could afford was much further away.
And remember, I paid rent in full and on time and abided by the terms of the AST.
This is why I agree with the banning of Section 21. I’d go further and remove some of the grounds under Section 8. At the very least, any need to move family in to my home and leave me in a dreadful position should be a mandatory ‘prior notice’ ground. Landlords deciding to sell should not be an available ground. They should be forced (or encouraged through the tax system) to sell to another landlord (maybe remove or reduce CGT if a landlord sells to another landlord.
We need to treat others as we ourselves would wish to be treated.
I think Labour are going to win the next election by a landslide. We need to assess what/this means and prepare now. I also think, even as a lifelong Conservative voter, another Tory win would be just as disastrous for our country.

Fed Up Landlord

14:26 PM, 9th October 2023, About 7 months ago

I can't believe I just read this:

"Landlords deciding to sell should not be an available ground. They should be forced (or encouraged through the tax system) to sell to another landlord (maybe remove or reduce CGT if a landlord sells to another landlord"

Sounds like Marxist ideology backed sequestration of assets.

And Section 21s are not issued lightly. Across 22 years,13 properties, and probably 100 plus tenancies I have issued two Section 21s. Both for ASB and damage to property. One this year where the boyfriend of the tenant threatened to burn the property down.Police did nothing.

And as for selling to another landlord - under the current tax and mortgage conditions nobody wants to be a landlord as you are effectively working for nothing. I'm sorry, but it may be the tenants home but it's MY property. Ultimately I should be able to decide who and when I sell it to.

Reluctant Landlord

15:58 PM, 9th October 2023, About 7 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Teessider at 09/10/2023 - 13:54
why would you be issued with a S21 if this was the scenario? What as tenant would you deem as an acceptable reason for a Landlord to regain his/her property?

Freda Blogs

16:42 PM, 9th October 2023, About 7 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Teessider at 09/10/2023 - 13:54
As a landlord and regular contributor to this forum you would be aware that S21 is not two months’ notice. Even if you put yourself in the tenant’s shoes, most tenants these days can have many months before they have to vacate.

No PRS tenant should assume indefinite tenure - that is neither the nature nor the intention of an AST. An Assured tenancy in the social sector is the business model that provides for this. I have said elsewhere today already, and it is worth repeating here: “PRS LLs should not be required as substitute providers for the ailing social sector.” My properties belong to me, and I am unwilling to be told if and when I can evict or sell, effectively to put my future in the hands of a tenant.

I help my tenants all I can and would not willingly (and have never) evicted anyone, but the ultimate decision maker is me. Not the Government. Not the tenant. And certainly not the tenant campaign groups who talk long and loud but don't actually house anyone.

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