01/05/2016 Ten Minute Rule Bill


Recorded coverage of Lib Dem MP Tom Brake introducing his Landlord and Tenant (Reform) Bill in the Commons, from Wednesday 27 April.

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I begged to leave that the landlord and tenant reform bill be changed to


make provision for the regulation of landlords in private rented


accommodation to extend tenants' writes particular the in the sale of


occupied rented property, to prevent fees to allow private landlords in


Greater London and for connected purposes. Madam deputies eager, it


is no exaggeration to see that we have a national emergency and


housing. It is unacceptable that in 2016 millions of people still stop


daily from her housing and live in fear and desperation without a


secure, affordable place to call home. This fear is tearing


communities apart and risks further devising our country between a very


well-off minority and the rest of us. We have soaring house prices


were the average cost of a two-bedroom house in London is now


out of reach of more than 80% of people. A rental sector in which to


many people on low and middle incomes are spending around two


fifths of their salaries and housing, something confirmed by the


Evening Standard in a report yesterday and often suffer at the


hands of rogue landlords. Over the last decade, London's


rental sector has doubled in size. There are over 1 million private


sector rented properties. For many people, living in the private rented


sector works well with short-term tenancy agreements offering them


flexibility to move home quickly for new jobs or career opportunities and


many private landlords are responsible, carrying out repairs in


a timely manner and returning deposits promptly but for many


others the sector has become a last resort rather than a housing


destination of choice. There have been huge demographic changes in the


sector in recent years with an increasing number of families and


low income households living in the sector but conditions remained poor


with one third of homes not meeting government standards and over 60% of


people renting experiencing poor living quality or hazards according


to Shelter. Last week I met a woman who, soon after she started


describing the conditions in her property, broke down in tears. She


and her son could no longer face waking up to live or dead rodents.


The landlord was trying to help but the quality of housing stock makes


it ever got for them to stop rodents getting into the property. Another


woman came to see me with her mother and the landlord was refusing to


sort out their problems while putting pressure on them to leave


their flat. I'm sure every member of Parliament will be familiar with


these cases. I support the measures put forward to overhaul the private


rented sector. Whilst the exact number of rogue landlords operating


in the sector remains unknown, there is a growing sense that the problem


is worse is demand for housing and rental profits increases. As a


survey of local authority enforcement in the private rental


sector carried out in March by my Lib Dem colleagues shows, the


enforcement of standards in the private rental sector by local


authorities is highly variable. With recent budget cuts diminishing


resources to councils to tackle landlords with poor living


conditions, the patchwork of enforcement has left thousands of


people at the mercy of rogue landlords. Much of this lies with


the enforcement. Tougher enforcement is welcome. Unfortunately,


enforcement and inspection is weak. A third of councils in London, Ken


Burrows, failed to prosecute a single landlord for on site


accommodation in 2014/ 15. There is a significant variation in the level


of enforcement activity, with some councils inspecting one in 14


private rented properties for hazards and others around one in


500. The private rented sector may have met the needs of tenants in


years gone by that the profile of renters and length of tenancy has


changed dramatically recently. If some landlords are to lose their


wild West reputation, it is clear proper enforcement is required. This


is a set out in the plans I will refer to which would reform the


private rented sector. My goal would seek to implement these. All


landlords in London should be registered, making it easier to


identify the scale and trends in the private rented sector and to ensure


landlords can be traced easily. Also to crackdown on rogue landlords with


a licensing scheme, the Government should introduce a licensing scheme


with the aim of professionalising the sector and removing rogue


landlords from the market. This proposal will not be welcomed by all


landlords but some accept a limited role for licensing in some areas of


London and some circumstances. Scrap unfair agencies for renters. Moving


from one rented home to another can be very expensive with high letting


fees and deposit requirements. I am told agents try to poach landlords


from each other to secure the fees which are triggered on a change of


tenancy, and they dangle the prospect of higher rents in front of


the would-be landlord. In Sutton, a quick check suggests fees of around


400 - 500 pounds when signing up a new tenant and when that is added to


the six-week deposit which would currently be approximately ?1500 for


a two-bedroom flat, that is a total of ?200 up front a tenant would need


to find. To give renters extra right-wing landlords sell up and


requirement for tenants to be given first refusal to buy the home they


are renting should the landlord decides to sell during a tenancy.


Finally, give councils that power to manage private rentals, allowing


councils to develop, on and manage rented homes outside of the housing


revenue accounts to improve the quality of homes in the sector with


the freedom to offer a long-term tenancies and also call on the


Government to work with private landlords, mortgage companies and


such to offer longer tenancies because quite often it is the


mortgage holders standing in the way. I think this would make a real


difference. Madam Deputy is bigger, neither I nor Caroline Pidgeon claim


these are a silver bullet to solve the problems but the fundamental


problem is a lack of supply of affordable homes, which is now


closer to a solution given that fewer than 500 affordable homes were


built in London last year, the lowest figure since the election of


the Mayor of London in 2008 but we believe these proposals will improve


the lot of private renters, some of whom suffer unsafe properties with


the threat of retaliation every time they ask for a repairer. This must


stop. I urge this House to support this bill. The question is that the


right now a member have leave to bring in the deal. ?


Landlord and tenant reform Bill. Second reading what they? Friday the


13th of May. Friday the 13th of May. The phrases originally said to refer


to a small private room and now it is simply two words to describe the


people at the very top


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