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Slough MP calls for a fairer deal for renters


Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough, is backing Labour plans for a better deal for those renting their homes privately.


In an Opposition Day debate in the House of Commons forced by Labour last week, Fiona called on the Government to stand up for people who rent their homes rent by backing Labour’s reform plans in a vote in Parliament.


The Conservatives and Lib Dems failed to back Labour’s reforms to the private rented sector to give the nine million people who rent greater stability and certainty by legislating for three year tenancies with a ceiling on rent increases and making renting more affordable by banning letting agent fees charged to tenants.


The next Labour government will act to ban letting agents’ fees for tenants, and will legislate to make three year tenancies with predictable rents the standard in the private rented sector to give people who rent the certainty they need.


Labour has also committed to getting 200,000 new homes built a year by 2020 so that more families can fulfil their dream of home ownership.


Fiona said:


“Families who rent homes in Slough tell me they feel insecure.  Tenancies are short term and rents have been rising fast. If you have to find somewhere new to live it is increasingly hard to find anywhere, and even if you do, you face the prospect that the rent could jump up by a big amount from one year to the next. People want to be able to settle down, put down roots and have peace of mind.


“Labour will give families the security of a longer tenancy and predictable rents, stopping excessive rises so that people can manage tight family finances and plan ahead.


“If you buy your home, most estate agents will not charge you fees, but people in Slough who rent are given no protection and they get charged £350 on average. That’s a lot of money and Labour will legislate to ban these rip-off charges by letting agents.”