Results 21–40 of 154 for speaker:Baroness Grender

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Empty Property: Security (21 Feb 2019)

Baroness Grender: To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have provided to local authorities about the inspection of properties occupied by licensed property guardians that may be subject to house in multiple occupation licensing requirements.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Empty Property: Security (21 Feb 2019)

Baroness Grender: To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria would result in a property that is used as a dwelling by a property guardian licensee being designated as a house in multiple occupation.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Empty Property: Security (20 Feb 2019)

Baroness Grender: To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of individuals who are living as property guardians in England.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Empty Property: Security (20 Feb 2019)

Baroness Grender: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 15 October 2018 (HL Deb, cols 366–8) regarding the information about their factsheet being "not, of itself, sufficient", what progress they have made in producing further guidance.

Housing: Private Rented Sector - Question (19 Feb 2019)

Baroness Grender: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of older people living in the private rented sector.

Housing: Private Rented Sector - Question (19 Feb 2019)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, higher costs for older private tenants—40% of income compared to just 14% for owner-occupiers—insecurity, with evictions now the main reason for older renters leaving, and projections that by 2040 one-third of people over 60 will be privately renting are a toxic combination. Does the Minister agree that ending the current Section 21 and having a permanent right to stay, as in...

Social Housing - Motion to Take Note (31 Jan 2019)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, on securing a debate on such a significant issue. For too long, in all political parties, social housing has been the poorer cousin of affordable housing—which, as we know, is no such thing, being 80% of market rate. Having spent over 30 years plundering stocks of social housing—with the high peaks of sales in 1981, 1989 and 2003—all...

Tenant Fees Bill - Third Reading (15 Jan 2019)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, on these Benches we accept this amendment. I take this opportunity to thank the Minister and his team for all their hard work. The last time I thanked them, they were a little busy trying to sort out a little local difficulty regarding definitions of damages. I am pleased to learn from Citizens Advice that it is now reassured that sufficient clarity will be given in guidance. If...

Homelessness - Statement (20 Dec 2018)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, will the Minister join me in encouraging everyone to download and support the excellent app StreetLink on their phone? The app is backed by St Mungo’s and Homeless Link, and it enables people to report to an outreach team immediately if they see someone sleeping rough. I really recommend it to all colleagues and anyone else listening as it is excellent—but please donate when you...

Housebuilding: Target - Question (20 Dec 2018)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, does the Minister accept that there is a direct connection between the lack of affordable housing or social housing and homelessness, as described by Crisis recently? Twelve months ago, in Oral Questions on 19 December, the Minister described the resource that was being allocated, but we have now seen 12 months of an increase in homelessness, in contrast with Scotland, for example....

Tenant Fees Bill - Report (11 Dec 2018)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, there is an expression about having your cake and eating it, and this is my attempt to get a little extra icing on the top. It is a modest amendment which would ensure a £50 cap when there is a change of tenancy and the sharers recruit the new tenant. I wrote to the Minister yesterday to explain my rationale for this. In Committee, we attempted to change a bit more with regard to...

Tenant Fees Bill - Report (11 Dec 2018)

Baroness Grender: I thank the Minister for his reassurances. I will stick there, since I have the noble Earl, Lord Lytton, backing something I have suggested. With all the amendments we now have in the Bill, which are extremely welcome, we need it to go through as quickly as possible. With that in mind, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 59 withdrawn.

Tenant Fees Bill - Report (11 Dec 2018)

Baroness Grender: Perhaps I may ask for clarification: are we now talking about five weeks, or about default?

Tenant Fees Bill - Report (11 Dec 2018)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, I will come on to damages in a moment, but first perhaps I may take us back to the celebratory moment on this group of amendments: the fact that there has been a significant change on default. This has been welcomed loudly and clearly by those who lobby most for tenants. This is an extremely significant change which this House has introduced through a government amendment to which...

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill - Second Reading (23 Nov 2018)

Baroness Grender: What we were looking at when I tabled the amendment in Committee was compensation for expenses but, in addition, some kind of incentive, especially for people who are not on high incomes, to take the case forward. However, I am sure we will explore this further.

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill - Second Reading (23 Nov 2018)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, good Bills on housing are like buses: you wait ages and then three come along at roughly the same time. This Bill, the Tenant Fees Bill and the Homelessness Reduction Act have all provided an opportunity for me to stick my hand out and happily climb on board. I recall one of the first meetings I had when I came to this place in 2013, sponsored by my noble friend Lord Tope. It was a...

Universal Sustainable Developments Goals - Motion to Take Note (22 Nov 2018)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lady Suttie on securing this timely and important debate, if only because I get to follow the real insight and context of the noble Lord, Lord McConnell. The SDGs are an important part of the toolkit for us to scrutinise the work of the Government. I will focus my comments on goal 11 on sustainable cities and communities and, within that, goal 11.1: to...

Tenant Fees Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (20 Nov 2018)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, I thank noble Lords who have spoken about these amendments. When the noble Earl, Lord Lytton, talks about how one defines “reasonable”, a good look through the guidance will drive him in the direction of asking that question quite a lot, because quite a lot hinges on “reasonable” on both sides of the argument. The idea that we do not expect landlords to charge more than...

Tenant Fees Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (20 Nov 2018)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, I shall speak also to Amendments 29 and 30 and in support of Amendment 28, tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy. I thank the Minister for all the meetings with him and his officials and for the meeting today on guidance. I look forward to continuing to meet to make sure that we do what the noble Baroness, Lady Williams, described and make sure that the Bill is beautifully polished...


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