Dawn Primarolo MP's response to constituents regarding Tenancies (Reform) Bill:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the Tenancies (Reform) Bill, which had its Second Reading debate in the House of Commons last week.
As you know, this Bill seeks to protect tenants from revenge evictions by rogue landlords. I support the principles of this Bill and agree it is unacceptable that anyone should be evicted from their home because they have complained about poor conditions.
It is clear to me from the many concerns expressed by people in Bristol South that there needs to be substantial change in the privately rented sector. Too often tenants are forced to contact me because of extortionate fees, poor maintenance and, in the worst cases, eviction. I am very pleased that housing is moving up the political agenda.
As Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons I chaired much of Friday’s debate on the Tenancies (Reform) Bill. The discussion was very interesting and it was clear that the legislation had the support of many MPs. I need to be impartial when chairing debates, however I am in a position to challenge ‘tedious repetition’, which I did on Friday in an attempt to move the debate along. A transcript of the debate is available to view on the Parliamentary website (www.parliament.uk).
As well as tackling retaliatory eviction I welcome Labour’s plans to radically intervene in the private rented sector by banning unfair fees, protecting against excessive rent increases and introducing a standard three year tenancy to give tenants the stability they need.
Please do not hesitate to contact me again if I can be of further help with this or any other matter