Stephen Williams Welcomes Ban on Revenge Evictions


Stephen Williams, MP for Bristol West and Minister for Communities, has welcomed the passing of new legislation to outlaw so-called ‘revenge evictions’.

The House of Lords yesterday (Tuesday 17th March) passed a law banning landlords from evicting tenants who complain about conditions in their homes.

The new legislation will mean that landlords will no longer be able to carry out revenge evictions if they have not sufficiently responded to tenants' complaints about housing conditions.

According to housing charity Shelter, more than 200,000 people every year face being thrown out of their properties after complaining to their landlord or letting agent about a problem that was not their responsibility to solve.

Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather previously attempted to ban revenge evictions with a Private Members' Bill last November. However, the bill did not pass after Tory MPs Christopher Chope and Philip Davies successfully filibustered the discussion by talking for more than three hours between them. Both Chope and Davies are also private landlords.

The ban has now, however, been successfully passed as part of the Deregulation Bill, with Stephen Williams guiding the legislation through the House of Commons as Minister for Communities.

Speaking about the new regulations, Stephen Williams said:

“I am delighted that as Minister for Communities I have been able to oversee the passing of this historic new legislation. It is high time that those at risk from ‘revenge evictions’ are given better protection under the law and I hope that tenants in Bristol West and across the country will now be able to speak up about substandard accommodation without fear of eviction.”

eviction_alert_(1).jpgStephen Williams MP receiving petition to end revenge evictions from Sarah Teather MP and Shelter

Campbell Robb, Shelter's chief executive, said:

"We're thrilled that politicians from all the parties have finally taken a stand for renters across the country today by banning revenge evictions once and for all. Hundreds of thousands of people will no longer face the appalling choice between living in a home that puts them or their family in danger, or risking eviction if they complain.”

ENDS

 

Notes to Editors:

Further information about the Deregulation Bill can be found online, at:

http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2014-15/deregulation.html


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