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Housing and Planning Bill (Programme) (No. 2): New Clause 6 — Reducing social housing regulation ( 5 Jan 2016)

Teresa Pearce: I will speak to new clauses 55 and 56 and amendments 49, 47 and 48. New clause 55 would require local authorities to put in place a scheme to license and provide for the accreditation of private sector landlords in their area. Private rented housing is an important part of the housing sector. Nine million people rent privately and the sector is growing. In the past, the private rented sector...

Housing and Planning Bill (Programme) (No. 2): New Clause 6 — Reducing social housing regulation ( 5 Jan 2016)

Teresa Pearce: I could not agree more with my hon. Friend. The rogue landlord proposals in the Bill and the banning orders are responses after the fact. We want to improve standards so that people do not end up needing banning orders, and do not have to go through the trauma of living in substandard accommodation. Such accommodation often makes people unwell and unfit to work; it lowers their productivity...

Housing and Planning Bill (Programme) (No. 2): New Clause 6 — Reducing social housing regulation ( 5 Jan 2016)

Teresa Pearce: I could not agree more. In Committee we tabled an amendment that asked local authorities to report quarterly to HMRC on all housing benefit paid, so that some of the landlords who are literally putting money in their back pocket and not providing a decent service could be caught. Unfortunately, that amendment was not accepted.

Housing and Planning Bill (Programme) (No. 2): New Clause 6 — Reducing social housing regulation ( 5 Jan 2016)

Teresa Pearce: I am aware of the Scottish scheme, but this measure applies to England and it is perfectly possible that we could do it better. We will discuss our amendment on the ombudsman later, so I hope the hon. Gentleman will bear with me.

Housing and Planning Bill (Programme) (No. 2): New Clause 6 — Reducing social housing regulation ( 5 Jan 2016)

Teresa Pearce: Local authorities have the powers but they do not have the resources. Many local authorities have very few officers who are able to police the system, but resourcing that is an argument for a different day. We discussed in Committee whether the fines that were brought in should be ring-fenced for that purpose, but that measure was not accepted.

Housing and Planning Bill (Programme) (No. 2): New Clause 6 — Reducing social housing regulation ( 5 Jan 2016)

Teresa Pearce: I do accept those facts, and in Committee there was much in this section of the Bill that we agreed on. Amendments were tabled that the Minister took away and has now agreed to, which I welcome. New clause 55 is just to ask whether accreditation and licensing by local authorities would create a more professional private rented sector. New clause 56 would give the Secretary of State the power...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Housing (15 Dec 2015)

Teresa Pearce: In a wide-ranging debate, we have heard contributions from Members in all parts of the House, including the hon. Members for Wimbledon (Stephen Hammond), for South Ribble (Seema Kennedy), for Croydon South (Chris Philp), for Dudley South (Mike Wood), for Thirsk and Malton (Kevin Hollinrake) and for East Renfrewshire (Kirsten Oswald); my hon. Friends the Member for Ealing Central and Acton...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Housing (15 Dec 2015)

Teresa Pearce: I am afraid we are very short of time, so I cannot. My hon. Friend the Member for Dulwich and West Norwood (Helen Hayes) also touched on the rising housing benefit bill, which is now £4.4 billion higher than in 2010. The Housing and Planning Bill included an all-out attack on social housing. On the last day of the Committee, the Government added a last-minute amendment to end secure...

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: New Clause 35 - Cover for money received or held by lettings agents in the course of business (10 Dec 2015)

Teresa Pearce: I thank the Minister for his response. When people are handling money that does not belong to them, it is important that it is ring-fenced and  safeguarded. For example, solicitors have to keep a completely separate client account, which is audited, because it is not their money. That principle is important with letting agents as well. Nevertheless, I hear what the Minister says and look...

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: New Clause 34 - Extension of the Housing Ombudsman to cover the Private Rented Sector (10 Dec 2015)

Teresa Pearce: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. The new clause would give the Secretary of State power to introduce a pilot scheme that would see the housing ombudsman extend its cover in London to the private sector. That would require a report from the  Secretary of State following the pilot, and would give the Secretary of State the ability to extend the powers of the housing...

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: New Clause 34 - Extension of the Housing Ombudsman to cover the Private Rented Sector (10 Dec 2015)

Teresa Pearce: I thank the Minister for his response. Given that in London we have the GLA, I hope that, in conversations with the GLA and the next Mayor of London, whoever that might be, the Minister will press them to publicise the scheme and ensure that private landlords sign up for it. I agree that the rogue landlords that we discussed some weeks ago do not pay their tax or look after their tenants, and...

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: New Clause 35 - Cover for money received or held by lettings agents in the course of business (10 Dec 2015)

Teresa Pearce: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. New clause 35 would require letting agents to have client money protection to cover all money received in the course of their business. Client money protection is an issue of which the sector has been incredibly supportive, and I thank those who have been in touch with me to share their support for the new clause. It is estimated that...

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: New Clause 27 - Description of HMOs (10 Dec 2015)

Teresa Pearce: I thank the Minister for his response. I am sure we will return to this issue at a later stage, and I look forward to seeing the results of the consultation. On that basis, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion.

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: New Clause 28 - Reporting of Housing Benefit Paid (10 Dec 2015)

Teresa Pearce: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. The new clause is largely a probing one, but it raises an important issue. In many cases up and down the country, someone making a claim for housing benefit has to send in a copy of their lease or tenancy agreement, on which the landlord is named. I would like local authorities and housing benefit departments to ensure there is quarterly...

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: New Clause 28 - Reporting of Housing Benefit Paid (10 Dec 2015)

Teresa Pearce: I completely agree with my hon. Friend. We are talking about people who are receiving taxpayers’ money, taking it as income and not paying tax on it. We should do whatever we can to tackle those people, because they are exactly the same group of people who will not be carrying out electrical safety checks on the properties they rent out and who are cramming people into bedrooms that are too...

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: New Clause 28 - Reporting of Housing Benefit Paid (10 Dec 2015)

Teresa Pearce: I understand what the Minister says about the roll-out of universal credit but, at present, every local authority has a payroll department and has to make annual reports of payments made outside of the payroll to contractors and people like that. The proposal is not that onerous on councils, but I accept that it might not fix the problem, so I ask the Minister to go away and consider what...

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: New Clause 25 - Implied term of fitness for human habitation in residential lettings (10 Dec 2015)

Teresa Pearce: Both new clauses in this group relate to standards in the private rented sector. New clause 25 would place a duty on landlords to ensure that their properties are fit for habitation when let and remain fit during the course of a tenancy. The new clause is largely about probing the Minister to see whether he is open to putting that duty into legislation and follows on from the private...

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: New Clause 25 - Implied term of fitness for human habitation in residential lettings (10 Dec 2015)

Teresa Pearce: I thank my hon. Friend for her intervention. That is the exact scenario. People have said to me, “If that is the case, why don’t they move somewhere else?” but particularly in London housing is scarce, so sometimes people have to take whatever is available and thereby risk their and their family’s safety if the place is not safe to live in. We have mandatory annual gas checks in the...

Public Bill Committee: Housing and Planning Bill: New Clause 25 - Implied term of fitness for human habitation in residential lettings (10 Dec 2015)

Teresa Pearce: I thank the Minister for his response. On the point about late tabling, the reason why the new clauses were tabled when they were is that I did not have time to table them. Knives were put in that I did not expect. I apologise for the fact that they are at the end of the Bill.


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