MP launches plan to protect tenants from rogue landlords
would be better protected from rogue landlords and retaliatory
evictions under plans put forward by Burnham-On-Sea's MP at this
week's Liberal Democrats conference.
Munt, pictured at the conference on Wednesday, said
current rules mean landlords can evict tenants with just two months'
notice and without having to give a reason.
landlords often use this provision to evict tenants rather than
carry out much-needed repairs, knowing that they will easily be
able to find a new tenant because there is such a high demand
for rented housing.
the last five years, an average of 324,000 households across the
UK each year have been the victims of retaliatory evictions, and
one in eight tenants admits they have not asked their landlords
for repairs to be carried out for fear of retaliatory action.
plans passed on Wednesday (October 8th) mean that any tenant who
reports problems to a landlord and is subsequently served with
a Section 21 eviction notice would have the right to an appeal.
Landlords would also be barred from serving a Section 21 notice
for six months after receiving an Improvement Notice or an Emergency
Remedial Action Notice from a local authority.
Munt said: "Tenants
have a right to live in homes of a decent standard. They should
also have the right to live without the fear that making reasonable
requests for repairs to be carried out wont mean they end
up being kicked out of their homes."
are plenty of good landlords out there, but there is also a group
of rogue landlords who exploit the popularity of the rented housing
market to dodge making vital repairs to their properties. Over
300,000 people each year are victims of retaliatory eviction and
it has to stop."
changing the law, we will force landlords to carry out essential
repairs on their properties and keep their tenants' homes up to
a decent standard, giving security to tenants and improving the
standard of homes in the private rented sector."