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Security And Rent Levels For Private Rented Tenants

EDM number 171 in 2014-15, proposed by Caroline Lucas on 24/06/2014.
Categorised under the topic of Private rented housing.

That this House notes that nine million people in England rent privately and that private renting is becoming the new norm; further notes that in Brighton, Pavilion constituency the private rented sector (PRS) is roughly double the national average, accounting for 32.7 per cent of households at the 2011 Census; recognises that renting at extortionate rates is often the only choice for people on low incomes, for young families and for working people on average incomes; acknowledges the many good landlords, but condemns rogue landlords who fail to undertake basic maintenance or repairs, leaving many tenants in expensive substandard housing; believes that the norm of short-term contracts leaves PRS tenants without security in their homes, at risk of eviction and of unfair rent increases; further notes that this volatility is particularly harmful for families with children who often have to move schools as a result; further believes that longer-term renting could work better for both renters and landlords; further as the latter could reduce void periods and expensive re-letting costs; calls for five-year stable rental contracts to be the default, to give good tenants the option to stay in their homes; and also further calls for action to tackle unaffordable rents, including smart rent controls, a radical increase in housing supply including building a mass programme of sustainable, energy-efficient council housing and the establishment of a living rent commission to explore ways of bringing rent levels in line with the basic cost of living.

This motion has been signed by a total of 24 MPs.

Caroline Lucas24/06/2014Brighton, PavilionGreenProposed
Austin Mitchell24/06/2014Great GrimsbyLabourSeconded
Jeremy Corbyn24/06/2014Islington NorthLabourSeconded
Jim Shannon25/06/2014StrangfordDUPSeconded
Elfyn Llwyd25/06/2014Dwyfor MeirionnyddPlaid CymruSeconded
Virendra Sharma25/06/2014Ealing, SouthallLabourSeconded
Ian Lavery25/06/2014WansbeckLabourSigned
John McDonnell25/06/2014Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned
Martin Caton25/06/2014GowerLabourSigned
Glenda Jackson25/06/2014Hampstead and KilburnLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins25/06/2014Luton NorthLabourSigned
Jonathan Edwards25/06/2014Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruSigned
Ronnie Campbell25/06/2014Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Mary Glindon26/06/2014North TynesideLabourSigned
Jim Dobbin30/06/2014Heywood and MiddletonLabourSigned
Alan Meale30/06/2014MansfieldLabourSigned
George Howarth30/06/2014KnowsleyLabourSigned
Michael Connarty30/06/2014Linlithgow and East FalkirkLabourSigned
Roger Godsiff30/06/2014Birmingham, Hall GreenLabourSigned
Paul Flynn01/07/2014Newport WestLabourSigned
John Cryer01/07/2014Leyton and WansteadLabourSigned
Mike Hancock01/07/2014Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Ian Mearns03/07/2014GatesheadLabourSigned
George Galloway10/07/2014Bradford WestRespectSigned

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