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.
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.