0:05 AM, 15th November 2023, About 3 weeks ago 30
Angela Rayner has accused landlords of using Section 21 “as an easy get-out to turf people out of their home.”
In an interview with ITV News, Ms Rayner slammed the government for delaying no-fault evictions which was first promised in 2019.
The Shadow Housing Secretary also said Section 21 is having a “devastating impact on homelessness”.
Ms Rayner said in the ITV interview: “Landlords that don’t act responsibly are using it as an easy-get out to turf people of their homes.
“I think the government has proven over the last number of years that they’re not serious about doing anything about it. Landlords think they can get away with it.”
Ms Rayner threatened landlords who use Section 21 saying Labour would abolish no-fault evictions straight away.
“You can see that through the evidence of the way in which Section 21’s are increasing. You can see that landlords think they’re emboldened.
“My message to these landlords who think they can use a Section 21 is: I’m calling notice on them right away.
“When we get into government, we’ll be making sure that legislation is in place so that we can protect people. There are ways that landlords can evict bad tenants, but it’s not through Section 21.”
Ms Rayner told ITV News that while she sees no issue with MPs being landlords she raised concerns about the motives behind certain Tory MPs who are threatening to block renters’ reform.
“I don’t mind MPs being landlords, that’s perfectly fine, but if you are putting that ahead of actually doing the right thing for the country and doing the right thing for people who need that security when all the evidence says you should do that, then to me, I do have to then question their motives.
“Renters are getting turfed out, many people are losing their homes every single day under this legislation.”
Elsewhere in the interview, the Shadow Housing Secretary said Labour would build more social housing. However, when pressed about how many social homes Labour would build, she refused to give a figure.
She said: “The government at the moment just keep plucking figures out of the air. They’ve never met a single one of their housing targets. I know why we are not meeting them at the moment.
“We’re not adhering to Section 106 compliance at the moment (which is a requirement to provide affordable homes within a private development).
She added: “Our unit that we are going have in government with specialists that can help drive up that level of social and affordable housing, so we get the proper contracts in place. And then also looking at how we can make that affordable homes grant more flexible, so we bring in more on side.
“I am more than confident we’ll do more than the government are, but I’m not going to put a specific number on it.”
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