Alan Whitehead

Labour MP for Southampton Test

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Alan calls for a fairer deal for renters in Southampton

In yesterday’s Prime Minister’s Question’s, Alan Whitehead MP challenged the Prime Minister to explain why the Government had not included measures to tackle sky-high rents and insecure tenancies in the Queen’s Speech. 

Alan asked the question because Southampton has an especially high proportion of people living in the private rented sector. Renters in Southampton are now paying on average £1000 more a year in rent than they did in 2010. In many cases they face rip-off charges by letting agents, unpredictable jumps in their rent, insecure tenancies and poor quality housing.

The Prime Minister refused give any commitments to reform the market.  

Speaking after PMQs Alan said:

“It’s unfortunately all too believable that this government has chosen not to reform the private rented sector and instead has chosen to stick up for unscrupulous agents and landlords.

The next Labour government will ban letting agents’ fees for tenants, saving renters on average £350 in costs, and will legislate to make three year tenancies the standard in the British private rented sector to give people who rent the certainty they need.

We will also make sure that Britain builds 200,000 more homes a year by the end of the next Parliament so housing supply can keep up with demand.”

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