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Labour Candidates Calls for Fairer Rents in Sutton and Cheam

Thursday 1 May 2014

Emily Brothers, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam and Council Candidate for Sutton Central, has backed Labour plans for a better deal for those renting their homes privately. Ms Brothers said:
“One of the biggest causes of the cost of living crisis for the 76,407 households in Sutton is the price of renting or buying a home. That’s why a Labour Council will enable the building of 400 affordable homes in Sutton over the next four years and develop mutual housing co-operatives, so that more local families can fulfil their dream of home ownership.
“In Sutton 7,155 people are living in rented homes and many face rip-off fees from lettings agents and insecure tenancies. That’s why Labour has announced the biggest change in a generation to make the system fairer for renters.
“The next Labour government will ban letting agents’ fees for tenants, saving renters on average £350 in costs, and will legislate to make three year tenancies the standard in the British private rented sector to give people who rent the certainty they need.
“Families who are renting in Sutton are often worried about the prospect that their rent could jump up by a big amount from one year to the next. They want to be able to settle down, put down roots and have peace of mind.
“While the Tory-Lib Dem Government refuses to act, a Labour Government will give families the security of a longer tenancy and predictable rents to stop excessive rises, so that they can manage tight family finances and plan ahead.
“If you buy your home, most estate agents will not charge you fees, but people in Sutton who rent are given no protection and they get charged £350 on average. That’s a lot of money for a lot of people and that’s why Labour will legislate to ban these rip-off charges by letting agents.”

Notes to Editors
1. Labour will introduce legislation to make 3 year tenancies with predicable rents the norm and ban letting agents’ fees for tenants, saving families up to £500 in upfront fees.
• 66% of private renters would like the option of staying in their tenancy longer and 79% would like more predictable rents.
• This change will give families the security they need to settle in their home and predictable rents to stop excessive rises so that they can manage tight family finances.
• It will give landlords a more stable income and reduce the cost and hassle of vacancies and finding new tenants on a regular basis.
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