Progress still to be made on tenant rights

Speaking after the Tenant Fees Bill progressed through the House of Commons, Liberal Democrat Housing Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said:

“Tenant fees are often unreasonable, lack transparency and make the upfront costs of moving extortionate. People should not be punished for moving home. That is why Liberal Democrats have long campaigned for a ban on tenant fees.”

“While Government amendments did attempt to close the loopholes in this Bill, the language remains ambiguous on what constitutes a “reasonable cost”. Moreover, without sufficient funding, local authorities will struggle to enforce the ban.”

“Progress can and must therefore be made on tenant rights. Liberal Democrats will continue to campaign for government-backed loans to help people afford a tenancy deposit, and for tighter regulation in the private rented sector to stop rogue landlords.”

Cllr David Hancock adds his voice of support:

“As a local councillor, landlord and tenant problems are among the most regular issues I am asked to take up. Anything which helps to improve clarity is welcome, however, Wera is correct – the only way to prevent abuse is to be explicit as to what constitutes a reasonable cost. If we are to look at assisting renters with their fees, then this is absolutely paramount.”

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