8:51 AM, 6th July 2023, About 8 months ago 10
The government has been criticised by Labour for failing to deliver on its pledge to end section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions.
First mooted by the Conservatives as part of its 2019 election manifesto, it was put forward in May as part of the Renters’ Reform Bill.
But during Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday, Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner said the government was ‘dragging its feet’ and giving ‘pathetic’ answers to Labour’s calls for urgent action.
She said no-fault evictions were ‘unfair and unjust’ and left tenants vulnerable to homelessness and insecurity.
Watch the clash in the Commons as Labour’s Angela Rayner tackles Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden.
Ms Rayner said no-fault evictions had gone up by 116% this year, and with mortgage rises being passed on by landlords, many renters are facing homelessness.
She asked the Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden, who was standing in for Rishi Sunak: “Will [Mr Dowden] tell us if the Prime Minister has a spine now to stand up to the vested interests in his own party and finally deliver their promise to ban no-fault evictions?”
She added that Labour would introduce a renters’ charter to ban no-fault evictions, cap rents and improve standards in the private rented sector.
Mr Dowden claimed that the government would ‘continue to stand behind renters and support them’ and take ‘all necessary steps’, without specifying what those steps were.
He also said the government would bring forward the bill as soon as Parliamentary time allows.