Brent MP Sarah Teather to table Bill in Parliament protecting private tenants

Sarah Teather is to table a Bill in Parliament (Picture credit: Jan Nevill)

Sarah Teather is to table a Bill in Parliament (Picture credit: Jan Nevill) - Credit: Archant

Brent Central MP Sarah Teather is to table a Bill in Parliament to prevent tenants from being booted out of their homes when they make a complaint to their landlord.

The Liberal Democrat politician wants action taken against retaliatory evictions after she won a Private Members’ Ballot.

The ballot, which took place last month, allows 20 backbenchers to table a Private Member’s Bill in the House of Commons.

If Ms Teather’s bid is successful rough landlords would be banned from serving eviction notices on tenants who complaint about repairs or poor conditions in their homes.

Housing charity Shelter has been campaigning about the issue stating that last year 213,000 were victims of a retaliatory eviction.

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The added that 12 per cent of tenants are too afraid to complain in case they lose their homes.

According to Ms Teather Brent Central, which includes Wembley, Harlesden and Willesden, has one of highest number of private rents in the country.

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The borough has around 33,000 privately rented properties.

She said: “It’s completely wrong that some rogue landlords evict tenants simply because they ask for repairs to be carried out.

“Everyone should have somewhere comfortable and safe to live. But all too often, tenants put up with things like damp, dangerous electrical fittings and mould because they are too scared to complain.

“My Bill is a great opportunity to make a real difference to the 1.3 million renting families in England.

“I hope my colleagues in Parliament agree.”

Campbell Robb, Shelter’s chief executive, added: “This Bill is a fantastic opportunity to put an end to unfair evictions, and we’re thrilled that alongside Sarah Teather, politicians from all parties are committed to this.

“No one should have to live in a home that is a danger to their health and well-being, let alone live with the fear of being thrown out if they complain to their landlord.

“It’s great that politicians are starting to take a stand for England’s nine million renters.”

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