Results 1–20 of 673 for speaker:Lord Best

Property Agents: Regulation - Question (18 Apr 2024)

Lord Best: My Lords, did the Minister see the excellent report from your Lordships’ Industry and Regulators Select Committee, which thoroughly endorsed the need for a regulator? It took evidence both from those representing the consumers—that is, tenants, leaseholders and people buying and selling properties—and from those who would be regulated, the agents themselves, who felt at least as...

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill - Second Reading (27 Mar 2024)

Lord Best: My Lords, the Bill before us contains some very welcome reforms but also some omissions. It is silent on one overarching issue: the need for a regulator of property agents. Any reform of leasehold needs to consider the arrangements for the sale of leasehold property and for the ongoing management of leasehold flats. A good agent, providing an effective service at a fair price, can enhance...

Housing: Young People - Motion to Take Note (14 Mar 2024)

Lord Best: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Young of Cookham, not just for securing this debate and getting it off to a brilliant start, but for his decades of highly distinguished policy action in addressing key housing issues. As usual, I agree with his words of wisdom so eloquently delivered today. This debate is very timely: the housing crisis for those with nowhere to go represents a national...

Housing: Young People - Motion to Take Note (14 Mar 2024)

Lord Best: Is this a debate about immigration or housing? There are two debates here. We are dealing with people who live and breathe and need a home, whom we face and talk to and meet on a daily basis. We are doing something for them, and questions of immigration are for a different debate. It is unsurprising that there is not enough to go around when the Centre for Cities has found Great Britain to...

Housebuilding - Question (28 Feb 2024)

Lord Best: My Lords, the excellent report from the Competition and Markets Authority shows why depending on a small handful of volume housebuilders does not produce either the quantity or the quality of homes that we need. Has the Minister thought about taking off the shelf the Oliver Letwin report, which is quoted in the CMA report very favourably? It calls for development corporations with master...

Leasehold: Property Management Companies - Question (19 Feb 2024)

Lord Best: My Lords, there are some very good things in the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill, but the Government have stopped short of instituting a proper regulator of managing agents, which would solve many of these problems and difficulties. Why stop short? Why not do the job properly and have a regulator of property agents?

Housing: Accessibility Standards - Question ( 5 Feb 2024)

Lord Best: To ask His Majesty’s Government when they will implement their decision, announced in July 2022, to require all new homes to meet higher standards of accessibility.

Housing: Accessibility Standards - Question ( 5 Feb 2024)

Lord Best: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for her reply, and to the Government for announcing that these higher standards for lifetime homes will be implemented and mandated through the building regulations. I say that on behalf of the many charities that have been campaigning for years to have these higher standards brought into practice. But that announcement was 18 months ago, and we have...

Temporary Accommodation Costs - Question (31 Jan 2024)

Lord Best: My Lords, I declare an interest as chair of the Devon Housing Commission. I can confirm that the rise in temporary accommodation is not just in London and the conurbations. Devon is deeply affected, and that affects the budgets of local authorities. What progress is being made with the Government’s proposals to enable local authorities to limit the switching or changing of use of ordinary...

Long-term Plan for Housing - Statement (11 Jan 2024)

Lord Best: My Lords, I pick up on a point made by the noble Baroness, Lady Pinnock. If we could see the production of decent, accessible, energy-efficient, companionable, new retirement housing for older people needing and wanting to rightsize, we could free up tens of thousands of family homes, which are so badly needed. The planning system can allocate sites, not least urban sites that regenerate town...

Social Housing: Mould - Question (10 Jan 2024)

Lord Best: My Lords, I am delighted to see the noble Baroness back in post. The Government are absolutely right to come down hard on social housing landlords who have not doing what they should have in keeping their properties up to a decent standard. The ombudsman, the social housing regulator and legislation are all great but the amount of money available for social housing remains the same, and...

Home-ownership Rates - Question ( 6 Dec 2023)

Lord Best: My Lords, in the longer term it would clearly make homes more affordable for first-time buyers if there were enough homes to go round and current acute shortages were eased. In the short term, does the noble Baroness agree that it is ridiculous that so many young people pay more in rent to private landlords than they would pay for a mortgage to secure a home of their own if only they could...

King’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) ( 9 Nov 2023)

Lord Best: My Lords, I declare my various housing interests on the register, including as chair of the Devon Housing Commission, whose work informs my comments today. I welcome the Government’s proposals in the Renters (Reform) Bill and the announcement of important legislation on leasehold reform. I am sure that there will be significant work for your Lordships when these legislative measures reach...

No-fault Evictions - Question (26 Oct 2023)

Lord Best: Some of the bad behaviour of the private rental sector comes from the letting agents who look after the properties on behalf of the landlords or investors. These letting agents have no need to have any qualifications, there are no requirements in law, and no regulation. Is the Renters (Reform) Bill going to bring in at long last regulation of property agents so that we get proper qualified...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion L1 (as an amendment to Motion L) (23 Oct 2023)

Lord Best: My Lords, I rise to speak to Motion ZH, the government amendment in lieu of Lords Amendment 329. The intention of the earlier Lords amendment was to make local plans more specific in spelling out the housing needs of each locality and the ways in which those needs are to be met. This would identify how homelessness and temporary accommodation can be eliminated over a reasonable timescale. The...

Housebuilding - Question (21 Sep 2023)

Lord Best: My Lords, the Government are absolutely right to try to put more resources into the hands of local planning authorities, because that is what they desperately need to process all the applications. But with house prices falling and interest rates rising, a lot of big housebuilders are pulling back and reducing their output. They are selling off some of their big sites. Is this not the perfect...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (7th Day) (Continued): Amendment 247 (13 Sep 2023)

Lord Best: My Lords, I speak to this group of amendments, which come under the broad heading of nutrient neutrality. I declare my interest as a member of your Lordships’ Built Environment Committee, under the distinguished chairmanship of the noble Lord, Lord Moylan. The committee will release a report next week on the impact of environmental regulations on development. As our report is still under...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (6th Day): Amendment 195 ( 6 Sep 2023)

Lord Best: My Lords, my name is down in support of Amendment 195, so brilliantly introduced by the noble Lord, Lord Young of Cookham. It is also supported by the noble Lord, Lord Lansley. The amendment would return us to the position whereby each local plan must be designed to secure enough homes to meet the target for the area set by government. I too see this as a matter of considerable significance....

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (6th Day): Amendment 193A ( 6 Sep 2023)

Lord Best: My Lords, I am very grateful to noble Lords for their support for this amendment. I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Thornhill, and the noble Lord, Lord Stunell, for their support, and for pointing out the urgency of the need for homelessness and those on waiting lists to be addressed, and the value of using the local plan to help in that process. I am also grateful to the noble...


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