Labour parliamentary candidate for North West Leicestershire Jamie McMahon, has backed Labour plans for a better deal for those renting their homes privately. The 2011 census showed North West Leicestershire as having 4,411 private rented houses, with that figure expected to rise to 6,258, 15% of houses, by 2021 – they all deserve a fairer deal.
9 million people nationally now rent privately including over 1.3 million families with children. Renters are now paying on average £1020 a year more in rent than in 2010.
Labour has committed to reforming private renting to get a fairer deal for local people. Labour will:
- Give security and peace of mind by legislating for 3-year tenancies giving renters a stable home and landlords the confidence to invest.
- End excessive rent increases by putting a ceiling on rent increases during the new 3-year tenancies.
- Ban rip-off letting agent fees for tenants by legislating to stop letting agents charging tenants fees.
- Drive up standards by introducing a national register of landlords and making it easier for local authorities to introduce licensing schemes and ensure tough sanctions are in place for bad landlords. We will also create a new benchmarking system for property standards.
- Bring an end to cold homes by setting a new target to upgrade the energy efficiency of properties in the private rented sector.
Labour parliamentary candidate Jamie McMahon said:
“People who are renting from a landlord in North West Leicestershire 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.
That’s why the next Labour Government has committed to reforming private renting to get a fairer deal for private renters.
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 that will bring an end to cold homes.”