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A proposal urging MPs to vote for tighter regulation of private landlords is likely to be booted out of Parliament due to lack of time.
The private member’s bill, promoted by the Labour MP for Sedgefield Phillip Wilson won 10 minutes of time, but is unlikely to win any further support.
The bill goes against the policy of the coalition government towards regulating the private rented sector – housing minister Grant Shapps stated that the current government would not introduce further regulation soon after taking office last year.
At that time, he also scrapped plans for a national landlord’s register in England and a ‘rate your landlord’ web site for tenants. Both were eagerly pushed by labour before they lost office.
Wilson’s Private Landlords (Register and Duties) Bill called for several measures to control landlords and private rented properties including:
- A register of private landlords
- Private landlords required to take action in the event of anti-social behaviour by their tenants
- Extra powers to both landlords and local authorities to deal with anti-social behaviour
- A community improvement war chest funded by a levy on landlords
Wilson told the House of Commons: “The buy-to-let sector includes more than 650,000 homes that could have been in the owner-occupier market, and the fact that they are not has helped to force up house prices.” He also blamed landlords for blighting neighbourhoods in Sedgefield by neglecting properties and tenants. “Private landlords have moved in to Sedgefield. In some streets, up to 40% or 50% of the properties are private lets. In others, half the landlords are absentees, with some even living abroad,” he said. “Over the past four years I have had numerous cases of private landlords who have neglected their properties and tenants. Anti-social behaviour has become a major problem in the affected areas, and some of the residents who have lived in the streets in question for years now do not feel part of the local community that they have known for a long time.”
The bill should go back to the House of Commons for a second reading in November, but lack of time in a busy schedule is likely to lead to no time being available.
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