Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Labour understands the problems people face in the Private Rented Sector and will regulate

Shadow housing minister Jack Dromey has stated that a Labour Government's intention is to regulate the private rented sector (PRS) after he said the abuse of tenants shown in Channel 4's Landlords from Hell programme was 'truly shocking'.

The programme - which uncovered families sent by councils to live in filthy, bed bug-infested homes - aired on Monday night.

I have worked with Jack on a number of housing issues including this the PRS and he is committed to fairness and the right to a decent home before profit.

This week as labour'[s shadow housing minister: “The abuse of tenants that was highlighted in “Landlords from Hell” was truly shocking. Rather than taking decisive action to tackle bad landlords, this out of touch Government has labelled protections for tenants as “red tape”.

“More and more people live in privately rented homes. New research shows that rents are soaring and a growing amount of tenants face abuse. Labour introduced a national register of landlords, regulation of letting and managing agents and compulsory written tenancy agreements, all scrapped by Grant Shapps.

“Labour policy is to regulate the Private Rented Sector to drive standards up and rogue landlords out, protecting tenants and the many reputable landlords.”