10:30 AM, 30th January 2018, About 5 years ago 36
Jeremy Corbyn was responding to a Guardian article “Hundreds of thousands living in squalid rented homes in England” when he accused the government of being unwilling to fix the housing crisis because they were “in the pockets of rogue landlords.”
Corbyn said: “The squalid and unsafe conditions that hundreds of thousands of people face are at crisis level. The broken housing market is in urgent need of a complete overhaul. The Conservatives can’t fix the housing crisis because they’re in the pockets of property speculators and rogue landlords, not on the side of tenants.”
By property speculators if Corbyn means BTL landlords he is sorely mistaken following the Conservative party attacks on landlords through Section 24 mortgage interest relief restrictions, Stamp Duty surcharges for second homes and continued one sided legislation.
The Ministry of Housing put out a statement saying: “Everyone deserves a safe and decent home and we have given councils strong powers to crackdown on bad landlords and we expect them to use them. We have brought in £30,000 fines, are introducing a database of bad landlords and given councils £12m to enforce the law in hotspot areas. We are also supporting Karen Buck’s private member’s bill which will require all landlords ensure their properties are safe and give tenants the right to take legal action.”
There appears to be a never ending supply of political gain to be made out of confusing all good landlords with the term rogue, which should actually be criminal, landlord and the reason for the housing crisis.
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