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Labour’s Suzy Stride backs plans to help help private renters

Politics / Wed 4th Feb 2015 at 06:57am

Private renters
Labour leader Ed Miliband announced plans today that the next Labour government would ban letting agent fees and cap rent increases for longer-term tenants.

Private renters in Harlow have almost doubled in the last 10 years. In 2001 Census data shows there were 2326 private renters locally, by 2011 this had risen to 4180, 10 per cent of householders locally. Figures from Housing charity Shelter show that as demand increases, so too are prices, the median average rent in Harlow is £725 a month and housing benefit for those in the Private Sector has shot up from 1300 claimants in 2009 to 1800 in 2014. On average renters in the East of England have seen their rents increase by £472 over the last 5 years according to figures from the LSL Property Services, Buy to Let Index.
Suzy Stride PPC said:

“In Harlow there are almost 2000 more people renting in the Private Sector in the last 10 years. The sad fact is that despite their increasing number, these families have been let down and ignored by this government.

People who are renting from a landlord in Harlow, often have to put up with insecure tenancies, poor standards and rising costs. They want a decent home to be able to settle down, put down roots and have peace of mind.

“A Labour Government will give private renters a fairer deal by bringing in 3-year stable tenancies, predictable rents to stop excessive rises and banning unfair letting agent fees on tenants. We’ll also drive up standards and bring an end to cold homes.”

The next Labour Government will legislate to introduce 3-year stable tenancies with predictable rent rises to prevent excessive rent increases, ban letting agent fees charged to tenants and introduce a national register to drive-up standards in the private rented sector. Labour will also set a new target to upgrade energy efficiency of properties.

Labour’s shadow Housing Minister, Emma Reynolds, said: “Millions of people now rent privately but are faced with rising costs, poor standards and little security.”

“That’s why the next Labour Government has committed to reforming private renting to get a fairer deal for private renters.”

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