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LABOUR’S EMILY BROTHERS SUPPORTS FAIRER DEAL FOR PRIVATE RENTERS
MONDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2015

 

Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, Emily Brothers has backed Labour plans for a better deal for those renting their homes privately. In Sutton and Cheam there are currently 39,767 people living in the private rented sector – they all deserve a fairer deal. Ms Brothers said:
“People who are renting from a landlord in Sutton and Cheam often have to put up with insecure tenancies, poor standards and rising costs. They want a decent home to be able to settle down, put down roots and have peace of mind.
“Renters in London are now paying on average £2,857 a year in rent than they did in 2010. The monthly average rent in London during 2010 was £924, rising to £1,162 by 2014. They face rip-off charges by letting agents, unpredictable jumps in their rent and insecure tenancies.
“A Labour Government will give private renters a fairer deal by bringing in 3-year stable tenancies, predictable rents to stop excessive rises and banning unfair letting agent fees on tenants. We’ll also drive up standards and bring an end to cold homes.
“The next Labour Government will legislate to introduce 3-year stable tenancies with predictable rent rises to prevent excessive rent increases, ban letting agent fees charged to tenants and introduce a national register to drive-up standards in the private rented sector. We will also set a new target to upgrade energy efficiency on properties.”
Labour’s shadow Housing Minister, Emma Reynolds MP, said:
“Millions of people now rent privately but are faced with rising costs, poor standards and little security.
“That’s why the next Labour Government has committed to reforming private renting to get a fairer deal for private renters.”

Labour has committed to:
• Give security and peace of mind by legislating for 3-year tenancies giving renters a stable home and landlords the confidence to invest.
• End excessive rent increases by putting a ceiling on rent increases during the new 3-year tenancies.
• Ban rip-off letting agent fees for tenants by legislating to stop letting agents charging tenants fees.
• Drive up standards by introducing a national register of landlords and making it easier for local authorities to introduce licensing schemes and ensure tough sanctions are in place for bad landlords. We will also create a new benchmarking system for property standards.
• Bring an end to cold homes by setting a new target to upgrade the energy efficiency of properties in the private rented sector.
Data Source: LSL Property Services, Buy to Let Index, various years.

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