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Shadow Housing Minister, John Healey, is expected to announce a raft of new, and some existing, tenant legislation the Labour party are proposing at their party conference should they find themselves in government.
The stand out plan expected to be unveiled is a £20m fund for a ‘Renters’ union’ to assist tenants in disputes with their landlords.
It has been leaked to the press that John Healey will say in his speech to conference:
“Labour’s commitment is clear. We’ll give renters new rights to control rental costs, improve conditions and increase security. Renters’ unions help put power in the hands of tenants.
“The next Labour government will fund set-up costs for these unions across the country to support renters to defend their rights, and make the housing market fairer.”
The proposed policies to increase ‘renters security’ for the next Labour Party manifesto would include:
- Government funded renters’ Union
- Giving cities the power to introduce rent controls (rent controls have long been a popular Labour policy)
- Introducing three year tenancies (considered previously and since put on ice by the Tory government)
- Reversing cuts to legal aid for housing related cases
- New minimum legal standards to ensure homes are “fit for human habitation” (these powers already exist for local authorites with potential fines of up to £30,000 per breach and banning orders)
- Banning letting agent fees (already proposed as new legislation)
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