10:57 AM, 20th November 2023, About 3 weeks ago 17
Angela Rayner says that if Labour wins the next General Election, she will ban Section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions on the first day of taking office, without any conditions or delays.
Labour’s deputy leader and shadow secretary of state for levelling up, housing and communities, has outlined her ambitious plans for housing reform in an interview with i.
The current Conservative government pledged to scrap ‘no-fault’ evictions in 2019 but has since postponed the legislation until it can carry out complex court reforms.
Ms Rayner accused the Tories of ‘appeasing’ their rebel backbenchers and ‘letting down’ tenants.
In the interview, Ms Rayner also offered an opinion on rent regulation and said the ‘blunt tool of hard rent caps is not going to solve the problem’.
She says the country’s housing crisis can only be solved by building more homes.
Ms Rayner added: “If something is in short supply, the price goes up – I don’t want the good landlords to go out of the market.”
She also revealed that Labour will be putting forward an amendment to the delayed Renters’ (Reform) Bill this week, to force the government to introduce the ‘no-fault’ evictions ban without any caveats.
And she says it would be an ‘absolute disgrace’ if the eviction ban had not happened by the time Labour came to power and vowed to ‘deliver’ it immediately if that was the case.
Ms Rayner also promised to review the Right to Buy policy for council and social homes which she said was ‘unfair’ to both tenants and taxpayers because it depleted affordable housing stock and often benefited private landlords rather than residents.
She would also implement the Law Commission’s recommendations to end ‘feudal’ leasehold home ownership, which affects millions of homeowners who must pay ground rent and service charges to a freeholder.
The government has rejected some of the proposals, such as allowing leaseholders to extend their leases for 990 years at zero cost.
Labour would also spend the money allocated for building council and social housing and begin building ‘new towns’.
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