Housing: Conditions in Rented Sector - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:25 am on 16 March 2023.

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Photo of Lord Young of Cookham Lord Young of Cookham Deputy Chairman of Committees 11:25, 16 March 2023

My Lords, further to the noble Lord’s Question, most private landlords keep their properties in a good condition, but a minority do not. In those cases, where the tenant complains to the local council about a dangerous property, that tenant can be protected from what is called “retaliatory eviction”, so long as the council serves an improvement notice on the landlord. However, this is happening in only about a quarter of such cases, meaning that three-quarters of tenants are exposed to eviction under Section 21. What can my noble friend do to ensure that more local authorities give tenants the protection that they are entitled to?