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Tenancies (Reform) Bill defeated
29/11/2014
12:19 pm
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The Tenancies (Reform) Bill had its second reading on the 28th November

The bill was defeated in this session as Conservative MPs Philip Davies and Christopher Chope used up all the allotted time and have been accused of filibustering. 

There has been mixed responses to the news. 

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter said: ‘It’s outrageous that two MPs have obstructed a bill with cross-party support to end revenge evictions.

‘Because of their actions, hundreds of thousands of people will continue to face the appalling choice between living in a home that puts them or their children in danger, or risking eviction if they complain.’

Alex Hilton, director of Generation Rent, said: ‘This is an outrageous, feudal situation that is untenable. If MPs now don’t reincarnate these provisions in the Consumer Rights Bill we will know they are prepared to throw renters to the wolves.’

Matt Downie, director of policy at Crisis, added: ‘This defeat is a huge blow for the many renters who out of fear of eviction are forced to put up with horrendous conditions, powerless in the face of landlords who ignore their responsibilities.

However, Richard Lambert, chief executive of the National Landlords Association, said: ‘The NLA has always been concerned that there is not the weight of evidence to justify the need for additional legislation.

‘It seems the majority of MPs share these reservations given that so few were present to vote for it.’

Let us know your thoughts below. 

02/12/2014
3:23 pm
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Time for landlords and agents to WAKE UP!

This bill will return. Shelter, Generation Rent and the Labour party will resurrect it again and again until they force it through UNLESS you tell your MP how you feel.

I have posted elsewhere of the correspondence with my own MP. I received a further letter this morning stating that my original email had been "put on the wrong pile" so I received the standard letter on the basis that I supported the legislation. In his own words, "was treated as one fo the Bill's supporters rather than one of the (significantly fewer) opponents".

Those words, "significantly fewer" are important. MPs respond, rightly or wrongly, to those who shout loudest. Annoyingly ARLA entered the fray at the 11th hour having, almost at the last minute GOOD landlords from BAD tenants who would manipulate the legislation to their advantage.

I doubt there is substantial evidence to support the claim of revenge evictions. Evidence must be from landlords, not just the tenants who have received a S21. Unless landlords and agents tell their respective MPs of their opposition, they will be presumed to agree with it.

The choice is ours. Do something or expect the legislation to come back and be passed.

04/12/2014
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The proposed retaliatory eviction bill has been added to the De Regulation Bill currently working its way through Parliament.  The Deregulation Bill may sound familiar to some of you, as this also includes amendments to Deposit Legislation to reduce the risk of "Superstrike".

The danger to the Letting Industry is that the Deregulation Bill is Government supported, and therefore there is great confidence that this will become law before the next general election.

The proposal can be found here http://www.publications.parlia.....m058-b.htm

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