Kerry McCarthy Labour MP for Bristol East
I am concerned to hear that Number 10 is considering scrapping proposals to extend minimum tenancies to three years. These plans were loudly declared by the Government as part of their proposals to increase security for renters and would mean that landlords would no longer be able to chuck out tenants after a short time to jack up rents. Being kicked out a private tenancy is the biggest cause of homelessness, and housing organisation Shelter has been clear that longer-term tenancies will bring benefits for both renters and landlords.
By 2021 a quarter of households are expected to rent privately, and measures like this are desperately needed to provide tenants with the security they deserve. I will be deeply disappointed if the Government does decide to ditch this proposal.