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Robert Jenrick: Who is the new Housing Secretary?

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

Robert Jenrick MP has been named as the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

Jenrick replaces James Brokenshire, who has left the position after just over a year to return to the back benches.

So, who is the new Secretary of State for Housing?


Prior to taking up his new role, Jenrick was the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, a position he held since January 2018.

Before this, he was the PPS to Amber Rudd when she was Home Secretary, a position he held for seven months.

Jenrick’s early career

After working as a solicitor for the early part of his career, Jenrick was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Newark in 2014. Then in May 2015 he became the PPS to Michael Gove when he served as Justice Secretary. After just over a year, he then became the PPS to Liz Truss when as Justice Secretary.

Jenrick on key issues in the private rented sector

Robert Jenrick has spoken about the private rented sector on several occasions.

During an adjournment debate on letting agent fees which was initiated by Maria Caulfield MP, Jenrick expressed concern that abolishing or capping fees that those costs could be passed on to a tenants through higher rents.

The fee ban was introduced in England in June 2019.

Jenrick also said during the debate that landlords should be ‘encouraged’ but not mandated to offer longer tenancies, and said: “this House should be cautious about increasing the regulatory burden on landlords”.

On Right to Rent, Jenrick has also previously stated that the Right to Rent checks-which were introduced by the Government for all landlords in England three years ago, led to “extra costs and burdens on landlords and letting agents”.

To keep up to date with the new Secretary of State for Housing, Robert Jenrick MP can be followed on twitter at @RobertJenrick

Meanwhile Esther McVey has also been appointed Housing Minister. McVey will become the 18thhousing minister since 1997, taking over from Kit Malthouse, who held the role for a year.

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Boris Johnson became the new Prime Minister of the UK recently. Read our blog on what we can expect from the new PM on housing here.

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.

1 Comment

  • This is just the government press release. I think this one owns some rental houses (very difficult to keep up with them). We need to know these things as it is surely a worthwhile use of your resources to have a bit of leverage over them over how they actually operate themselves and their ides of how others should.

    As I have previously opined, you missed a great opportunity with Jeremy Hunt who has now disappeared into obscurity. He bought 7 flats and legitimately avoided 3% additional SDLT, used ltd co to maximize interest relief and advocated 12.5% corporation tax which would have saved him a fortune on this rental profits. All the while spouting he didn’t favour tax breaks for the wealthy and how he was going to oversee 1.5 million additional properties, presumably funded by the additional tax me and many other RLA members pay, but avoided by him through the various concessions designed to help wealthy people like him enter the market whilst effectively sneering at those for whom it is too late to start over and who built their portfolios in good faith under the historical rules.

    Please remember that the register of MPs interests and companies house records are public documents and can be freely used to contrast the actions of MPs and PM candidates against their party’s policy. Each and every one of Hunt’s actions in his own PRS activities appears contrary to the (mainly idiotic) assertions of Mr Osborne back in 2015 when he was devising S24, SDLT surcharge etc but, when Hunt was running for PM there was no capital made of this at all.

    This isn’t a case of pulling Hunt down over it, rather elevating the case for your members who have been landlords for years and have lost those benefits and had their taxes increased. That opportunity has gone, please don’t miss any future ones.

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