Croydon North MP Steve Reed is issuing the following statement to constituents who have raised questions about reforming the private rented sector.
‘I was very disappointed that the Private Member’s Bill that was debated in the Commons on Friday was blocked by two Conservative MPs talking through the debate, effectively killing the bill. Such action was particularly disappointing given that the Bill had cross party support. Labour has already tabled amendments to the Consumer Rights Bill in the House of Lords and we support the Private Member’s actions in trying to protect renters via this route.
However, I think we should go much further in reforming the private rented sector. Private renting is now the norm for millions of families with many now settling in the private rented sector. The rules on private renting have not caught up with that fact which means that people are struggling with the growing cost of renting and with the insecurity and uncertainty built into the rental market.
In England, nine million people are renting from a private landlord including over a million families, and over two million children. Many of those families are now paying on average £1020 a year more in rent than they did in 2010 – including unpredictable jumps in their rent and insecure tenancies.
These problems affect too many people in Croydon. That’s why we need to take action to reform the private rented sector so tenants and landlords can both get a fair deal.
An incoming Labour government will change the law to make three-year tenancies the norm and protect against excessive rent increases to give tenants the stability they deserve. And we will also take action to ban unfair letting agent fees for tenants, saving renters an average of £350 in costs.
The private rental market has changed and now I believe that the law has to as well. Thank you again for your correspondence. If I can be of assistance with this, or any other matters in future, please do not hesitate to contact me again.’
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