Karen Buck

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My response to the Retaliatory Eviction and the Tenancies (Reform) Bill

Dear Constituent,

Retaliatory Eviction and the Tenancies (Reform) Bill, (due to be debated in the House of Commons on 28th November)

I appreciate and share constituents concerns about retaliatory evictions and I know that organisations such as Shelter have highlighted the growing number of renters who have either been unfairly evicted by their landlords or feel unable to raise legitimate concerns for fear of eviction.

More than nine million people - including two million children - are now living in rented accommodation in the UK and I know that the combination of rising rents and a lack of affordable housing means that many renters feel they lack the power to challenge the small minority of landlords who are exploiting tenants or treating them unfairly.

I agree that more needs to be done to address this and the wider insecurity and uncertainty that many renters are experiencing.

A Private Members Bill, the Tenancies (Reform) Bill has been introduced to the House of Commons. Shelter are supporting this Bill and believe it will help tackle the scourge of unfair evictions. I welcome any measures to tackle this very serious problem and I will support it when it is debated in the House of Commons next Friday .

More widely, I believe there needs to be radical reform of the private rented sector to make it more secure and affordable for renters. I believe there should, for example, be a ban on letting agent fees on tenants and the introduction of a National Register of Landlords to enable local authorities to clamp down on the small number of 'rogue' landlords. I also welcome the commitment by the Shadow Housing Minister, Emma Reynolds MP, that a future Labour Government will legislate to make three year tenancies the norm, thereby providing greater security and preventing landlords from evicting tenants without justification.

Yours sincerely,

Karen Buck MP


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