Labour vows to alleviate rental crisis and crack down on landlords

Angela Rayner has pledged that renters will be “better off” with Labour, with the party stating that an affordable and secure rented sector is “crucial” to its plans for economic growth.

The party’s plans include a ban on no-fault evictions, introducing legal protections for tenants when it comes to mould, and putting an end to rental bidding wars and upfront payments.

Labour has also committed to alleviating the current crisis in private renting by building 1.5 million new homes over the next five years, and cracking down on extortionate rents.

Angela Rayner
Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner has pledged that renters will be better off with Labour (Andy Buchanan/PA)

Ms Rayner, Labour’s deputy leader and shadow housing secretary, said: “Time and time again, the Tories have failed to stand up for renters. From endless delays to no-fault evictions, to failure to sort damp, cold and mouldy homes, the Conservatives are failing working people.

“Labour will call time on a decade of Tory vested interest and put renters first. An affordable, secure private rented sector is vital for economic growth, allowing young people to save for a mortgage with more money in their pockets to spend in the day-to-day economy.

“Our plans will support good landlords but we are calling time on unscrupulous landlords strangling growth.

“Labour will take action to protect renters, with an immediate ban on no-fault evictions, an end to rental bidding wars and extended protections against damp, mould and cold.

“The only real way to make renting more affordable is to build more homes, that’s why we have a plan to build 1.5 million homes over five years as an antidote to Britain’s failing private rented sector.

“Renters will be better off with Labour.”

The party has also said it will aim to cut energy bills and reduce fuel poverty by requiring all landlords to meet energy efficiency standards by 2030.