New Towns

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:17 pm on 27th February 2003.

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Photo of Mr Andrew Bennett Mr Andrew Bennett Labour, Denton and Reddish 4:17 pm, 27th February 2003

We are looking forward to the draft housing Bill that will deal with that matter. Does the hon. Gentleman accept that there are two separate problems? In many parts of the country private landlords do not cause any problems. However, particularly in some areas of low demand in the north and the new towns, some landlords appear to put tenants into a property with a view to making the property next door almost unsellable. In that case, it is a question not just of whether those people receive benefit or not but of the behaviour of the landlord.

I hope that the Government will consider enabling local authorities to take action against all landlords whether they are in receipt of benefit or not. In other places, it will be necessary only when they are in receipt of benefit.