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Renters promised a fair deal under Labour


25% of households in Southampton rely on private landlords to keep over a roof over their heads. This week Ed Miliband announced that a Labour government would stand with them to stop them being ripped off. 

This week Ed Miliband that a Labour government would stop families that rent being ripped off. Plans included banning landlords from terminating a contract simply because they wanted to raise the rent. The Tories came out against this: let us know what you think

Under the Tories even more families are having to rely on renting a home in the private sector. But the cost of renting has gone up, renters are getting a bad deal and nothing is being done to provide the certainty families need to plan for their future.

  • Since 2010 rents have increased more than twice as fast as wages.
  • Renters are now paying on average £1,020 more a year than in 2010, and they have no certainty about what will happen to their rent from year to year.
  • Renters are also facing  upfront letting fees which can cost up to £500 before any deposit is paid or any keys are handed over.
  • Families that rent year after year are stuck in a private rented sector that has not caught up with the fact that nearly a third of all private rented sector households (1.3 million) are families with children.
  • It can take those living in the rented sector up to 30 years to save for a deposit due to increasing costs of living in the sector. 

We want to hear your stories on renting in Southampton

Labour will stand up for those living in the private rented sector and make sure they get a fair deal. We understand that increasingly those renting a home aren’t just doing so as a temporary fix but families that want to put down roots and plan for the future. We will ensure the way the system works catches up with that reality.  

We will:

  • Legislate to make longer term tenancies with predictable rents the norm.
  • Regulate letting agents so that instead of a free-for-all consumers get a fair deal.
  • Crack down on complicated letting agents’ fees to ensure rip-offs do not happen
  • Introduce a national register of landlords so councils can take action against the minority who exploit their tenants. 

Help us fight to stop families that rent being ripped off 

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