Private Rented Sector

Part of Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 12:37 pm on 25th June 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Shadow Minister (Justice) 12:37 pm, 25th June 2014

Security of tenure is crucial. Under the coalition Government, which Sir Bob Russell supports, councils are discharging their responsibilities into the private rented sector, and tenants are regularly being evicted only because they are reliant on housing benefit and because rents are so high—in my constituency, it costs £770 a week for a three-bedroom flat—and according to the Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Kris Hopkins, who has responsibility for housing, the fact that they are on benefits is a good reason to evict them.