Britain faces the biggest housing crisis in a generation with less than half the number of new homes we need being built. The Government refuses to do anything about it. Their record is shocking with house building now at the lowest level since the 1920s.
Many young people have all but given up on their dreams of ever owning their own homes. While the flexibility of renting may suit some, others have been forced into the private rented sector as the only available option.
It’s not just young people who are affected though; in England nine million people are living in rented homes today, over a million families, and over two million children.
Renters in Yorkshire & the Humber are now paying on average £384 a year more in rent than they did in 2010. They face rip-off charges by letting agents, unpredictable jumps in their rent and insecure tenancies.
These problems affect too many people. That’s why we need to take action to reform the private rented sector so tenants and landlords can both get a fair deal.
I would like to see the law changed to make three-year tenancies the norm and help protect against excessive rent increases to give tenants the stability they deserve. I would also like to see action taken to ban unfair letting agents’ fees for tenants, saving renters an average of £350 in costs.
The private rental market has changed and now the law has to as well. We need to improve the private rented sector to end the unfairness.