Labour Party Manifesto for ‘Private Renters’ 2017 released

by Property118.com News Team

12:05 PM, 16th May 2017
About 4 years ago

Labour Party Manifesto for ‘Private Renters’ 2017 released

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Labour Party Manifesto for ‘Private Renters’ 2017 released

The Labour Party Manifesto 2017 promises to end insecurity for private renters.

The Party pledges to control rent increases (Rent Controls) and introduce new consumer rights for tenants with more secure tenancies and more Landlord Licencing.

This section of the document states:

“Labour will make new three year tenancies the norm, with an inflation cap on rent rises. Given the particular pressures in London we will look at giving the Mayor the power to give renters in London additional security. We will legislate to ban letting agency fees for tenants.

We will also empower tenants to call time on bad landlords by giving renters new consumer rights. Renters are spending £9.6 billion a year on homes that the government classes as ‘non-decent’. Around a quarter of this is paid by housing benefit. A Labour government would introduce new legal minimum standards to ensure properties are ‘fit for human habitation’ and empower tenants to take action if their rented homes are sub-standard.

We will reverse the cruel decision to abolish housing benefit for 18 to 21 yearolds, which risks putting even more vulnerable young people on our streets.”

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Rod

19:57 PM, 30th May 2017
About 4 years ago

Having just advertised to let, the ratio of applicants working or DSS is roughly 9 : 1 in favour of DSS 'and' they want the best, eg latest boilers, new double glazing, latest kitchen/bathroom anything less won't do! Strange, considering when the leave the place is often trashed!!

MoodyMolls

11:03 AM, 16th July 2017
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Mike D" at "30/05/2017 - 16:13":

Well said

terry sullivan

11:10 AM, 16th July 2017
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Monty Bodkin" at "16/05/2017 - 15:57":

decent homes standard led to the cladding at grenfell house--not many people know that but it is true

terry sullivan

11:11 AM, 16th July 2017
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Jack Ass" at "30/05/2017 - 19:57":

i take NO dss at all

terry sullivan

11:13 AM, 16th July 2017
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Steve Hards" at "22/05/2017 - 16:48":

its all deliberate in france--youd be amazed at the number of very low rent properties in paris let to politicians and their cronies

ps theres quite a few in london!

Dr Monty Drawbridge

13:32 PM, 16th July 2017
About 3 years ago

I already offer three year tenancies but have a two way break clause form 12 months. Although either of us could use it, the break clause has always been operated by the tenants - usually at about 1.5-2 years although this is getting longer. I would gladly give up my right to break if I had stronger rights to get rid of troublesome tenants.

As other have mentioned, I also never used to increase rents with tenants in situ. Since s24 I have built modest automatic annual increases into my tenancies. This costs the tenants more - in comparison to my old habit of never increasing rents - but they seem to like it because it gives them the security of know what is coming.

I think there should be discussion about what constitutes non decent accommodation as there is a tendency to treat everyone as if they are comparable with the lowest standard landlords. My rentals are pretty high standard but I still get threats to expose me online for shonky practice - last time because, 6 weeks after moving in, a tenant found thick dust on the top of a lamp shade which he wanted me to come around and clean for him and I suggested that he should run his vacuum over it (he didn't have one). He also complained that a light bulb had blown within a couple of weeks of moving in so he should not be responsible for changing it.

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