Labour plans government funded Renters’ Union

by Property118.com News Team

9:15 AM, 24th September 2018
About 3 years ago

Labour plans government funded Renters’ Union

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Labour plans government funded Renters’ Union

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)

Comments

Rod

11:39 AM, 24th September 2018
About 3 years ago

If you look up 'john healey RT Hon' MP' an email add' comes up.

Larry Sweeney

11:44 AM, 24th September 2018
About 3 years ago

We all know the eventual outcome. Labour always run out of other peoples money. Remember Liam Byrnes note to the treasury when Brown was kicked out of office . "There is no money left". The difference between these clowns and New Labour is that they will Fxxx the economy very quickly

Monty Bodkin

11:59 AM, 24th September 2018
About 3 years ago

Housing speech here.
Not as extreme left as the S24 anti-business "Tory" policy.

https://labour.org.uk/press/john-healey-speaking-labour-party-conference-today/

Rod

12:29 PM, 24th September 2018
About 3 years ago

Labours land of Eutopia, how wonderful, just like 'The Many Not The Few', I can't wait!

Rob Crawford

14:24 PM, 24th September 2018
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Laura Delow at 24/09/2018 - 11:01
That would be typical!

Whiteskifreak Surrey

14:34 PM, 24th September 2018
About 3 years ago

"We will build for those who need it most – the very poorest and most vulnerable – with a big boost to new social rented homes at the heart of the programme.
And we will also build for those in work on ordinary incomes who are priced out of the housing market, and being failed by housing policy.
Labour’s living rent homes, with rents set at a third of average local incomes.
Labour’s low cost homes to buy, with mortgage costs set at a third of average local incomes."
I wonder how many will actually buy this load of tosh... Hopefully not many,

Rod

15:20 PM, 24th September 2018
About 3 years ago

I've already sent my e-mail to J.H. stating my opinion, please all do likewise, quickly, this is your chance to make your voice heard!!

Rob Crawford

0:22 AM, 25th September 2018
About 3 years ago

I wonder if the Conservatives will steal Labour ideas? I guess, even if they do we won't be told until after the next election!

Appalled Landlord

11:14 AM, 27th September 2018
About 3 years ago

The NLA welcomes plans for the introduction of renters’ unions.

“Renters Union
According to the Labour Party, these plans aim to put power in the hands of tenants through the creation of a £20m fund to set up and support the expansion of renters’ unions.
These unions will:
• Provide practical support and information, including experienced representatives accompanying tenants to meetings with landlords
• Support tenants in disputes with landlords
• Give renters a stronger national voice and coordinate national campaigns to demand better conditions and a fairer system.”

“NLA Reaction
The NLA welcomes plans for the introduction of renters’ unions, as networks that support and inform tenants with consistent advice will promote good practice in the sector and help make tenants more aware of their rights.  However, this would only work on the condition that these organisations remain politically neutral.”
https://landlords.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/labour-party-calls-scrapping-section-21-and-renters-unions

Appalled Landlord

11:20 AM, 27th September 2018
About 3 years ago

"In a bid to win over the more than 11m people currently renting in Britain, Healey also promised that Labour would make £20m available to help get new German-style "renters' unions" off the ground. He said organisations offering to stick up for tenants in disputes with landlords and offer advice on renters' rights would be able to bid for a slice of the cash, which would be staggered over three years." 
https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/political-parties/labour-party/opinion/politicshome/98549/glance-heres-every-new-thing?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Breakfast%20Briefing%20-%2027%20Sep%202018&utm_content=Breakfast%20Briefing%20-%2027%20Sep%202018+CID_fc686adfccce32475db9ba81102e5791&utm_source=Email%20newsletters&utm_term=AT-A-GLANCE%20Heres%20every%20new%20thing%20Labour%20announced%20at%20its%202018%20conference

Shelter will be rubbing hands/licking lips at the prospect of a few millions more in government money every year.

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