Cllr Kevin Peel meets Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds
City centre councillor Kevin Peel has welcomed further details on Labour's policy to introduce more secure tenancies and cap annual rent increases to end rip-off rents.
Labour added a sixth key pledge to the top of its manifesto which promises:
- Building one million new affordable houses by 2020
- Abolishing stamp duty on homes up to £300,000 for first time buyers
- New 'use it or lose it' powers for local councils to stop developers hoarding land
- Action to bring down rents and create more secure tenancies
Private landlords, letting and managing agents and tenants across Manchester are being asked to sign a pledge that makes a commitment to making private renting better in the city.
Manchester's Renting Pledge was launched this week following last year's housing taskforce chaired by Cllr Kevin Peel which made a series of recommendations to improve the private rented sector in the city and strengthen the voice of tenants and residents.Read more
Rental properties in Manchester have doubled in the last decade and with population growth expected to continue in the coming years the city council has set out a strategy to ensure quality within the sector.Read more
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.Read more
This article first appeared in the Manchester Evening News on 25th October
An eight month inquiry carried out by Manchester council heard ‘common themes’ of excessive fees, deposits failing to be repaid and repairs not being done.
A town hall housing taskforce is launching a crackdown on dodgy landlords and letting and managing agents – and calling for letting fees to be scrapped.Read more