Labour to announce tough new rules for landlords ahead of visit to the region

Labour leader Ed Miliband Labour leader Ed Miliband

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
10:00 PM

Landlords will be forced to give three-year tenancies and excessive rent increases will be banned if Labour wins power next year, Ed Miliband will say today.

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The opposition leader, who will be visiting the region, claimed families were being “priced out” by landlords and the moves would give families greater security and help them save cash.

Mr Miliband also said estate agents were charging up to £500 just for signing a tenancy agreement and his party would legislate to ban the charges by letting agents.

But the Tories claimed the policy was just another “short-term gimmick” labelling it a “Venezuelan-style” rent control.

While launching his European election campaign Mr Miliband will say: “One of the biggest causes of the cost of living crisis in our country is the price of renting or buying a home. People simply can’t afford it, they’re priced out, saving for a deposit year after year, decade after decade, or having to look for somewhere to live further and further away from where they go to work or where the kids have always gone to school.”

Nine million people are living in rented homes, including more than a million families, and more than two million children.

Tory chairman Grant Shapps said: “This is another short-term gimmick – political tampering from Ed Miliband. Evidence from Britain and around the world conclusively demonstrates that rent controls lead to poorer quality accommodation, fewer homes being rented and ultimately higher rents – hurting those most in need.

“The only way to raise people’s living standards is to grow the economy, cut people’s taxes and create more jobs. We have a long-term economic plan to do that, Ed Miliband doesn’t.”

The three year tenancies would start with a six month probation period at the end of which the landlord would be able to terminate the contract if tenant failed, the tenancy would automatically run for a further two and a half years.

Tenants would be able to terminate contracts after the first six months with one month notice as they can now.

Landlords would be able to terminate the contract if he or she wanted to sell the property, needed the property for their own or family use, planned to refurbish or change the use of the property.

Students or business people on temporary contracts would also be able to request shorter-term tenancies.

The average cost of rents has gone up by 13pc since 2010.

10 comments

  • Ingo. I could not have put it better myself. The great British public are fed up with the three main parties and their sycophantic political hacks who merely repeat their diatribe without question. Bring on the May election. Can`t come soon enough.

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    BG

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • The need for a fair rent policy and an increase in social housing provision is long overdue. The article states that rents have increased 13% since 2010. How much has the average working person's wage increased in that time? ..and worse for those who are out of work.

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    angela

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • BG, there are no people politicians out there hopwever hard the party hacks are trying to make a pile of the proverbial smell of roses. One party is turfing out disabled people from their homes, the other is quietly saying nothing, both agree to play these games, on our backs. Sod the lot of them.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • Two little snippets missing from this piece. Miliband is saying that the Royal Institute of Surveyors were helping Labour draw up bench marks for this latest gimmick when they are not doing anything of the sort and this was the first they heard about it. Secondly, back in January Emma Reynolds, Labour`s shadow housing minister said on the tele that rent controls wouldn`t work in practice. Another gimmick made up by Labour that is already falling apart once again because their one trick pony that the economy would go down the zubes has fallen at the first hurdle.

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    BG

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • why are you all addressing Labour, when the realprobloem lies in partyn politics on the whole, it is removed from what voters want and elections do not reflect genuine policy proposals, but soundbites no politician can be held to whence in power. Ms Asato's assurances are as hollow as those delivered by our Newsnight champ Chloe Smith, both are hand raisers to the policies of their party first, not our mandate. Wake up and realise that party politics has destroyed democracy, a long time ago.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • This will address the insecurity private tenants suffer and at last stop the agents letting fees rip-off but rents are still set at market level,indexed for 3 years,after which landlords are free to renegotiate.Schapps comments about "Venezuela" are,therefore,so off the mark,even the Tories can see him as an ineffective,lightweight who needs quickly replacing.Then,watch the Tories copy Labour's popular policy

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • So it is now clear that Labour has lurched even further to the left and wants us to enter a new era of price controls. First it was energy prices, then they wanted to confiscate land from developers if they did not build quick enough and now this. Last time they tried all this it was a disaster. Expect a rise it rents before the next election and some landlords will start to withdraw property from the rental market and sell them instead. Are we really going to let the two Eds ruin our economy again? Its enough to make me want to vote for the useless Cameron, something I would rather not do.

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    andy

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • I wouldnt trust Labour with anything, Miliband is grasping at straws as he has nothing to offer

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    Sweet cheeks

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • Trouble is the Labour leader of the council is not trusted because once in power he did a total u turn and became top supporter for Co.ry Whe.elabrator. On top of that he put Castle into his cabinet, nasty nasty man, and used his whip on Cllr Kemp when she refused to betray those she represents. Labour and the conservatives will find out how the electorate view them on 22nd but Millband may as well stay at home cause he cant put right the damage nobbs, castle and sands have done to the Labour group no more than cameron could the murphy, borrett, jo.rdan, somerville demolishion gang.

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    Canary Boy

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • Where are your economic policies Mr Millaband,Ms Assato Mr Lewis.UK economy growing fastest in Europe.Thats the message people want to hear, money in your pocket,,not low rent sound bites.As he says himself too often you just don't get it!,

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    PaulH

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

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