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Tenancies Reform Bill - An Mps Response

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I took part in the campaign to encourage your MP to support the bill a few months ago and today I got a response.

Amazed at how David Gauke says so much, except the one thing we want confirmation of, nowhere does he say he supports it. I'll be getting onto the local paper which I have a couple of friends in.

Interested if anyone else got such a slippery response.

Thank you for contacting me about the Tenancies (Reform) Bill.

I am fully aware of the problem of retaliatory evictions. The Government has been working out how to best tackle this issue and I am pleased that it supports Sarah Teather's Bill, in principle, to outlaw revenge evictions.

As you know, the Bill would ensure that tenants do not face the prospect of losing their home simply because they have asked for essential repairs to be made. It will also extend existing restrictions on a landlord's power to evict, where they don't protect a deposit or have a licence they are required to hold, to situations where a health and safety hazard has been identified by environmental health officers. It also builds on a range of Government measures to empower tenants and ensure that they get a fair deal without introducing excessive regulation on the private rented sector which would force up rents, cut investment in new housing and reduce choice for tenants.

The private rental sector provides a home to 9 million people across the country and the Government is determined to root out the minority of rogue landlords that give it a bad name. That is why it has given councils £6.7 million to tackle rogue landlords in their area. Alongside this, a new Model Tenancy Agreement has also been announced which will help tenants to agree longer tenancies with their landlords to give them more stability. In addition, a new industry Code of Practice will make clear the legal requirements and best practice, leaving landlords in no doubt about their responsibilities to their tenants.

The Tenancies (Reform) Bill is due to have its second reading on 28th November and I will continue to follow its progress closely.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

David Gauke MP

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Just discussed on BBC Breakfast between Shelter and RLA bods.

I was surprised that Bill didn't know that private tenants could be evicted/asked to leave their rented accommodation by the landlord whenever they felt like it and for no reason at all (section 21) :o

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Just discussed on BBC Breakfast between Shelter and RLA bods.

I was surprised that Bill didn't know that private tenants could be evicted/asked to leave their rented accommodation by the landlord whenever they felt like it and for no reason at all (section 21) :o

At the same time i'm not surprised either. The BBC are a bunch of (comfortable) dopes.

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Just discussed on BBC Breakfast between Shelter and RLA bods.

I was surprised that Bill didn't know that private tenants could be evicted/asked to leave their rented accommodation by the landlord whenever they felt like it and for no reason at all (section 21) :o

not strictly true, but I understand the sentiment that the non fault aspect of moving out is a one sided affair...the landlord decides, and thats it.

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Just discussed on BBC Breakfast between Shelter and RLA bods.

I was surprised that Bill didn't know that private tenants could be evicted/asked to leave their rented accommodation by the landlord whenever they felt like it and for no reason at all (section 21) :o

Hard to tell if he is dumb or was just playing dumb. That question was priceless though - I suspect there are a lot of parents whose kids are moving into student housing who are not aware of this (and their kids might be as well). Someone with a 19/20 son or daughter is probably in their mid 40's or early 50's and assuming they went to university and rented privately might well have done so in pre-section 21 days. Even if they rented after 1987 I don't think s21 abuse was as wide spread as it is now.

Also I don't recall there being a full explanation of how it works, it was just tenant complains about leaking tap etc. and they get an eviction notice served on them. So the message to the public is look at how nasty landlords are.

This is a small knife into the backs of the BTL landlords from the LibDems with government support, clearly BTLs are being set-up for something bigger, bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry! :D

Worth keeping an eye on your MP see how they voted (or even if they could be bothered to show-up) http://www.theyworkforyou.com

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Looks like once again they voted against ending Letting Agents fees to tenants. I guess we'll have to wait until Labour get in for them to stop this practice.

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My MP, the former housing minister Mark Prisk, is employed as a "Strategic Adviser to Essential Living Ltd, provider of private rented homes", earning £1,500 p/m for 8 hours p/m. So he's very much into independent objective thought on these sort of questions. And not at all like a remote controlled off-the-shelf, self serving robot who only ever tows the party line.

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My MP, the former housing minister Mark Prisk, is employed as a "Strategic Adviser to Essential Living Ltd, provider of private rented homes", earning £1,500 p/m for 8 hours p/m. So he's very much into independent objective thought on these sort of questions. And not at all like a remote controlled off-the-shelf, self serving robot who only ever tows the party line.

It's like the mafia. Companies pay MP's protection money and MP's protect the companies vested interests. This is not democracy.

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It's like the mafia. Companies pay MP's protection money and MP's protect the companies vested interests. This is not democracy.

Correct. Democracy is broken and that letter is a classic example of how disengaged MPs are with their voters' concerns.

"I will continue to watch the progress of the bill closely" is just not good enough. You are either for it and will support it, or you are against it or are undecided and have reservations about it, in which case you should state your position and argue your case so that your voters can make an informed decision about whether they support you or not.

"I will continue to watch the progress of the bill closely", WTF does that even mean? Housing is one of the biggest issues facing our country right now, and as a voter you are left to decode and interpret your MP's view on a proposal that effects it because they won't be honest and open about their views on it.

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Did he reply? Did he say which way he would vote?

I didn't write to him. I don't know enough about it and try to pick battles. I try regularly (housing generally, TTIP, lords reform, lobbying, data, care data, recalls, state religious education from recollection), even had a couple of lovely embossed letters back. But honestly I've about given up, which I appreciate is defeatist, so I'll read up on it.

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The silence has be deafening, was expecting to at least see something on the bbc news website but nothing.

Don't know if that's good or bad, on one hand it might keep the MPs who could be opposed to it away, on the other the public don't know so can't hold their MPs accountable.

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