One of the biggest causes of the cost of living crisis in our country is the price of renting or buying a home. That’s why a Labour government will make sure that Britain builds 200,000 more homes a year by the end of the next Parliament so that more families can fulfil their dream of home ownership.
Nine million people are living in rented homes today, over a million families, and over two million children. With tenants in Tameside and Stockport facing rip-off fees from lettings agents and insecure tenancies, Labour has announced the biggest change in a generation to make the system fairer for renters.
The Tories and the Lib Dems are ignoring the concerns of Generation Rent. Last month and again this month, the Government voted against Labour’s proposals to ban letting agent fees being charged to tenants which would have saved renters on average £350 in costs.
The next Labour government will act to ban letting agents’ fees for tenants, and will legislate to make three year tenancies with predictable rents the standard in the private rented sector to give people who rent the certainty they need.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“Families who are renting in Tameside and Stockport are often worried about the prospect that their rent could jump up by a big amount from one year to the next. They want to be able to settle down, put down roots and have peace of mind.
“While the Tory-led Government refuses to act, a Labour Government will give families the security of a longer tenancy and predictable rents to stop excessive rises so that they can manage tight family finances and plan ahead.
“If you buy your home, most estate agents will not charge you fees, but people in my constituency who rent are given no protection and they get charged £350 on average. That’s a lot of money for a lot of people and that’s why Labour will legislate to ban these rip-off charges by letting agents.”