New deal for private renters will ensure safe housing - The Redditch Standard
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15th Aug, 2022

New deal for private renters will ensure safe housing

LOCAL MP, Rachel Maclean has said the private rented sector white paper published last week (June 16th) will ensure families in Redditch live in well looked-after homes.

This marks a generational shift that will redress the balance between landlords and 4.4 million private rented tenants.

For the 21% of private renter and households who currently live in unfit homes, this ‘New Deal’ will extend the Decent Homes Standard to the private sector for the first time.

This means homes must be free from serious health and safety hazards, and landlords must keep homes in a good state of repair, so renters have clean, appropriate and useable facilities.

It also provides new support for cost of living pressures with protections for the most vulnerable, and new measures to tackle arbitrary and unfair rent increases.

This is part of the Government’s wider reform agenda to improve lives and level up the country, delivering more housing and greater protections for tenants and homeowners.

Mrs Maclean said: “The majority of landlords are responsible and decent people.

“But I know from my casework that there are some unscrupulous landlords out there who fail to repair homes and let families live in damp, unsafe and cold properties, with the threat of unfair ‘no fault’ evictions orders hanging over them.

“Our reforms will help to end this injustice by improving the rights and conditions for renters in Redditch as we unlock our town’s full potential.”

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