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Labour conference: Shadow Housing Secretary to Confirm Labour Would Scrap Section 21

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

The Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey MP, will today deliver his speech to the Labour Party conference, calling for section 21 to be scrapped.

He will also unveil plans for a £20m fund to set up “renters unions” to support tenants in disputes with landlords.

The party’s policies for the PRS will include:

  • Reversing cuts to legal aid for housing related cases
  • Introducing three-year tenancies
  • Banning letting agent fees
  • New minimum legal standards to ensure homes are “fit for human habitation”
  • Giving cities the power to introduce rent controls

In his speech to the Labour faithful in Liverpool, Mr Healey will say:

“Tenants who rent from private landlords have been hit hard by the housing crisis.

“Labour’s commitment is clear: we’ll give renters new rights to control rental costs, improve conditions and increase security.

“Renters’ unions help put power in the hands of tenants.

“And the next Labour government will fund set-up costs for these unions across the country to support renters to defend their rights, and make the housing market fairer.”

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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