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Conservative Conference: New homes ombudsman announced

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

A new homes ombudsman will be established to ‘champion home buyers, protect their interests and hold developers to account’.

The announcement was made by Housing Secretary, James Brokenshire MP, in his speech to the Conservative Party Conference.

He touched on the PRS, saying renters ‘need a fair deal too’.

He said: “This new watchdog will champion home buyers, protect their interests and hold developers to account.

“And give confidence that when you get the keys to a new home you get the quality build you expect and the finish you’ve paid for.”

He continued: “Getting a fair deal extends to private renters too.

“We’ve created a rogue landlords database to identify the worst offenders.

“We are banning unfair letting agent fees being passed onto tenants and capped deposit costs too.

“Fairness also needs to be felt by people living in social housing.

“That’s why I want to see a new deal for social housing tenants.

“To deliver decent homes, strengthen redress and break unjustified stigma.”

He went on to confirm that the Government “will change the building regulations to ban the use of combustible materials for all new high rise residential buildings, hospitals, registered care homes and student accommodation.”

To read the speech in full click here.

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Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Communications Manager for the RLA and award-winning Editor of RPI magazine. With 16 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and editorial content for our media partners.

She issues press releases promoting the work of the RLA and its policies and campaigns to the regional and national media and works alongside the marketing team on the association’s social media channels to build support for the RLA and its work.

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