Rented Housing: Private Sector

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Joan Walley Joan Walley Labour, Stoke-on-Trent North

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government is taking to protect tenants who are faced with the possibility of eviction when their buy-to-let landlord becomes insolvent.

Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government)

We believe it is good practice where possible for the lender to let the tenancy run and use the rental payments to cover the mortgage repayments until the end of the tenancy or where the tenancy has become a periodic tenancy to give the statutory two month notice period as a minimum.

We have commissioned an independent review of the private rented sector, from Julie Rugg and David Rhodes, Centre for Housing Policy, University of York. It will report on 23 October and we will consider any recommendations the report makes in relation to landlord insolvency.

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