Action call on poor housing in private rented sector in Hyndburn

RESIDENTS living in privately-rented homes should be guaranteed similar living standards to those living in social housing, by law, said Hyndburn MP Graham Jones.

The Labour MP has long campaigned against rogue landlords.

And he said he continued to battle in Parliament for increased living standards for tenants.

Mr Jones said: “Poor quality housing in the private rented sector is something which must be eradicated if we want prosperous towns in East Lancashire.”

Housing minister Kris Hopkins wrote to Mr Jones, and said, despite a ‘wide-ranging’ review into living standards in privately- rented homes, no new laws were planned.

He said: “The government has been made clear that there are no plans to amend the current legislative framework, or introduce new regulations in the area.”

Mr Jones added: “I would ask the question, what value can come out of a wide-ranging review – which it clearly is – where the options will be limited before any assessment has been made?”

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3:23pm Wed 8 Jan 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

Because their is a lot of MPs and their cronie's are Skant landlord's and they are afraid it will cost them..
Because their is a lot of MPs and their cronie's are Skant landlord's and they are afraid it will cost them.. ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123

3:57pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Elegant1 says...

I was under the impression that landlords had now to be registered with the local Council. I would have thought that registration would equal a certain standard had to be reached and property inspected and approved? If this is not so why are we bothering with registration?
All properties should be equal to or better than Social Housing otherwise the properties should be registered as unfit for habitation? That surely is a health matter and should be enforced by Law. If you wouldn't live in it you should not be renting it!
I was under the impression that landlords had now to be registered with the local Council. I would have thought that registration would equal a certain standard had to be reached and property inspected and approved? If this is not so why are we bothering with registration? All properties should be equal to or better than Social Housing otherwise the properties should be registered as unfit for habitation? That surely is a health matter and should be enforced by Law. If you wouldn't live in it you should not be renting it! Elegant1

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