Housing report taken to Parliament

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Cllr Kevin Peel in Parliament with Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds MP

A report making some bold recommendations to improve the private rented sector in Manchester has been presented in Parliament.

Cllr Kevin Peel, who chaired the housing taskforce which produced the report, met with Emma Reynolds MP, Labour's Shadow Housing Minister, to discuss the findings of the report and it's recommendations, including:

- A new 'Tenants Charter' outlining the rights and responsibilities of tenants, landlords and letting and managing agents in Manchester.

- A call to scrap letting fees for tenants and guarantee longer term tenancies to provide security for tenants and landlords.

- New regulation of letting and managing agents to outlaw dodgy operators.

Emma Reynolds MP said:

"Kevin’s research highlights the raw deal that too many private renters in Manchester currently get. The rising cost of renting and letting agent fees is hitting tenants hard.

"A Labour government will give renters in Manchester and across the country a better deal and the security and stability they need. We will scrap letting agent fees for tenants, make three year tenancies the norm and put a ceiling on rent increases. None of the other political parties have committed to match these policies."

Cllr Kevin Peel said:

"I'm pleased that our report has received such a positive initial reaction from Labour's top team. The Labour Party have already committed to delivering a number of our recommendations but we want them to go even further.

"We'll be sending the report to the Prime Minister and to Nick Clegg to seek the views of the other major parties on how the government can support us in improving the rights of renters in Manchester."


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