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MP proposes bill to end 'revenge evictions'

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Housing, Regulation

MP proposes bill to end 'revenge evictions' MP proposes bill to end 'revenge evictions'

A Lib Dem MP is introducing a new bill in the House of Commons to end so-called 'revenge evictions'.

Sarah Teather's bill will aim to protect tenants from being evicted as a consequence of complaining to their landlord about faults and repairs.

Lib Dem president Tim Farron has already announced his support for the bill, which will prevent evictions within six months of a tenant requesting a repair job.

Supporters of the bill claim it will provide security for hundreds of thousands of private renters.

The law currently allows evictions to take place after the initial agreed tenancy period expires.

Research from the housing charity Shelter shows that one in eight tenants have not asked for repairs to be carried out in their home or challenged a rent increase in the last year because they fear eviction.

According to Shelter, one in 33 tenants have been evicted, served with notice or threatened with eviction in the past five years because they complained to their council or their landlord about a problem in their home.

Tim Farron said: “Government cannot wash its hands of tackling the housing crisis — and for too many people, the housing crisis looks like this: you complain about the mould and instead you get an eviction notice. And people don’t have a choice about renting because of the expense of buying a house.

“Consumer power in an undersupplied market is minimal. Creating fairer rules around evictions will break the silence that traps too many renters from getting the home improvements they need, making the system work better for both landlords and tenants.

“I am delighted that Sarah Teather’s bill will make renting fairer for landlords and tenants, preventing homelessness and making the sector fit for purpose. It will go a long way to creating a fair society and stronger economy.”

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