Labour’s PRS review nears completion – ‘bold’ solutions promised

Labour’s PRS review nears completion – ‘bold’ solutions promised

8:57 AM, 8th April 2024, About 2 months ago 3

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A comprehensive review of the private rented sector (PRS) which was commissioned by Labour, is nearing its conclusion, the website LabourList reveals.

The review is expected to be published soon after the local elections on 2 May.

In early 2023, Lisa Nandy, the former Shadow Levelling Up and Housing Secretary, entrusted the review to Stephen Cowan, the long-serving Labour leader of Hammersmith and Fulham council in west London.

Ms Nandy stated at the time that the review would ‘drive forward’ plans for a new renter’s charter.

‘Several ‘bold suggestions’ for the PRS’

LabourList understands that the review’s draft has been finalised – and party insiders are predicting it will contain several ‘bold suggestions’ for the PRS.

However, it appears that the report is not pushing for rent controls.

A lot of what Labour plans to do will depend on the progress of the Renters (Reform) Bill which is currently making its way through Parliament.

There are several amendments expected with the new law covering some of the report’s recommendations.

Likely to propose extra measures for the PRS

And while Labour is likely to propose extra measures for the PRS, these will not be presented as a ‘renter’s charter’.

There are hopes that the party’s future housing policy will remain ‘ambitious’.

Labour has already made a series of commitments to make renting fairer, more secure and more affordable.

These include banning Section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions, extending Awaab’s law to the PRS and ending rent bidding wars.


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Cider Drinker

10:15 AM, 8th April 2024, About 2 months ago

I’d wager that the RRB will not compete its passage through Parliament before the next election.

It has been six months already and it is still in the HoC.

Filibustering at its finest.

Golfman

11:58 AM, 8th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Cider Drinker at 08/04/2024 - 10:15
Maybe - but look at this as a grace period to get out before your hard earned property is nationalised behind back doors. In fact they’re not even hiding that are they?

Niknak Harris

10:42 AM, 9th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Absolutely, we are considering getting out before, as it seems the depressing outcome of a Labour win and their scary implements to the RRB - Labour have got this very wrong as the Tories have. They don't seem to grasp that in bashing bad landlords they are tarring us all (good landlords) with their vitriol and disdain. Re section 21, do they not realise that a good landlord would never want to kick a good tenant out!!! for no reason?!! There is always a relevant reason a good landlord would want to remove a tenant, it costs money to re-advertise, and then you have a period whilst finding a new tenant and then have to wait some time to get rent!!! After all, its successive governments that have not built enough houses, they are to blame for this mess the housing market is in!! We have good tenants but faced with the option that if one of them leaves and we put someone in there who is savvy with the new rules to their benefit and not ours, is worrying. We will have to consider moving back into the property as many landlords, im sure will be thinking about doing. There was a discussion the other day on Radio4 and one Lab representative was quite flippant when faced with the question that Landlords will sell up, her answer was 'let them' be careful what you wish for (Labour).

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