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Chair responds to Private rented sector White Paper

16 June 2022

Clive Betts, Chair of the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) Committee has responded to the publication today of the Government’s Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper.

Clive Betts, Chair of the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) Committee, said:

“Tenants have often been the victims of the imbalance in power in the private rented sector. It is welcome the Government is now moving to strengthen tenant protections from the actions of unscrupulous landlords who may threaten retaliatory rent rises and eviction, especially in circumstances where tenants complain about unacceptable conditions in their homes.

“I hope the Government will set out in the upcoming Renters Reform Bill how they will give local authorities the resources to deliver effective enforcement and also the powers to levy more substantial fines and take tougher action against landlords.

“The proposed measures could see more possession cases being heard in courts. I hope the Government will reconsider the case for a housing court which would protect both the tenant and the landlord.”

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