Is Robert Jenrick going soft on Rent Controls?Make Text Bigger
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, gave an interview to the I newspaper detailing conservative plans and policies to tackle the housing crisis.
When questioned about the Tory commitment to end Section 21 eviction notices and what was the point if landlord could instead ‘constructively’ evict tenants by increasing rents Robert Jenrick appeared to backtrack on an earlier statement that the idea of rent controls was dead in the water.
Jenrick told the I newspaper that in response to the Section 21 consultation: “Government is going to consider carefully what contractual commitments can be made that provide greatest certainty to tenants. Whether that’s having clear guidance as to the rate at which your rent might rise or the length of your tenancy.”
When asked if the above statement was another phrase for rent controls, Jenrick said: “We don’t believe that old fashioned rent controls are a good idea, and that isn’t something that we want to revert to. We want to learn the lessons of the past and produce a fairer deal to tenants that works for the modern housing market.”
If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and sounds like a duck…………….
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