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Corbyn wrong on private rented housing

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, today painted an inaccurate picture of the private rented sector.

During Prime Minister’s Questions he referenced a woman who had lived in her private rented home for ten years who faced having to leave her property. He used it to call for three year tenancies and warned that tenants were living in fear of eviction.

Official statistics however show that private sector tenants have lived in their homes for an average of over four years.

Figures from the Ministry of Justice also show that in the most recent period for which data is available, sixty two per cent of all claims to repossess a property by landlords were in the social rented sector, compared to 16 per cent in the private rented sector.

Further figures show that just a tenth of all tenancies in the private rented sector are ended by a landlord or letting agent.

RLA Policy Director, David Smith, commented: “The figures speak for themselves. The vast majority of tenancies are ended by the tenant, and not the landlord and the very fact that the person quoted in today’s exchanges has lived in their rental home for ten years shows the sector is already providing long term stability.

“Many tenants have a perceived fear of eviction because tenancies will often be on the basis of six or 1 year periods which are, in the vast majority of cases, renewed. It is disappointing that the Leader of the Opposition has needlessly played to such fears.

“We welcome the Government’s plans to consult on barriers that make it difficult to offer longer tenancies which will provide an important opportunity especially to address the problem of mortgage lenders preventing landlords from offering them.”

About the author

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Magazine and Digital Editor for the NRLA. With 20 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for editing our members' magazine 'Property', producing our articles for our news site, the weekly and monthly bulletins and editorial content for our media partners.

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