0:06 AM, 30th June 2023, About 8 months ago 14
The potential rise in evictions means the government must immediately introduce the Labour Party’s Private Renters’ Charter to help protect tenants.
Labour’s call follows Shadow housing secretary, Lisa Nandy, announcing that Labour would not introduce a rent freeze – despite her support of the move last September.
Key stipulations of the charter include putting an end to no-fault evictions, extending notice periods before repossession and introducing a code of conduct for letting agents.
Labour is also warning that the combination of the Tory’s mortgage policies and soaring inflation could hit renters hard, jeopardising their housing security.
Ms Nandy said: “While ministers and Tory MPs argue amongst themselves, renters are left in limbo waiting for basic reforms that are long overdue and grappling with the fallout from the Tory mortgage bombshell.
“Labour will never treat renters as second-class citizens. We will make renting fairer, more secure and more affordable with our renters’ charter.
“We will scrap no-fault evictions, introduce a four-month notice period for landlords, a national register of landlords, and a suite of new rights for tenants – including the right to make alterations to your home, the right to request speedy repairs, and the right to have pets.”
Labour has raised fears that more than three million tenants are feeling the brunt of what they term as the ‘Tory failure to protect renters’ in England.
The party is now urging Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to take a stand against his own MPs, following rumours that up to 50 of them might oppose measures proposed under the Renters’ Reform Bill.
Introduced to Parliament in May, the Bill seeks to abolish no-fault evictions and simplify the process for landlords to reclaim their properties from ‘irresponsible’ renters.
The promise to banish no-fault evictions, also known as Section 21, was a pledge made in the Conservative manifesto back in 2019 but it could be next year before the Bill becomes law.
A Conservative spokesperson told Sky News: “Keir Starmer has u-turned on everything from rental reform to protecting the green belt. On housing, like any other policy issue, the British people can’t trust Keir Starmer to keep his word.
“Only the Conservatives are improving tenants’ rights, protecting our green spaces and delivering the right homes in the right places, as we continue to deliver on the people’s priorities by halving inflation, growing the economy, reducing debt, cutting NHS waiting lists and stopping the boats.”
A Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities spokesperson said: “The Renters (Reform) Bill, which has begun its progress through Parliament, delivers the 2019 manifesto commitment of ‘a better deal for renters’.
“Reforms will strengthen protections for both renters and landlords – abolishing so-called ‘no fault’ section 21 evictions, while strengthening landlords’ rights of possession.
“Tenants will benefit from greater security and quality of housing, and landlords will find it easier to get rid of anti-social tenants or those wilfully not paying rent.
“We remain committed to creating a private rented sector that works for responsible landlords and tenants and holding those abusing the current system to account.”
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