MPs support bill to protect private tenants

Andrew Smith MP

Andrew Smith MP

First published in News

OXFORD’S two MPs have agreed to co-sponsor a bill that would put a stop to ‘retaliation’ evictions.

Landlords can issue a no-fault section 21 eviction notice after they have been ordered to make improvements to their property by a council. But the Private Members Bill, which Andrew Smith

and Nicola Blackwood have sponsored, would put an end this.

Mr Smith, the Labour MP for Oxford East, said: “We are pleased to work together where we can in the interests of people across our two constituencies.

“We are sponsoring this bill because it would be a welcome step forward in tenants’ rights and security.”

 

Oxford Mail: Nicola Blackwood

Conservative MP for Oxford West and Abingdon Ms Blackwood, above, said: “The Oxford area has one of the highest levels of private renting in the country, and this bill would ensure that tenants can ask about repairs without facing the threat of eviction.”

According to the 2011 Census, there were 18,000 households renting across the two MPs’ constituencies. Private rented homes make up 21 per cent of all homes in the two constituencies – above the regional average of 16 per cent.

The private members bill is being brought forward by Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather and is scheduled to have its second reading in the House of Commons on Friday, November 28.

Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS, SPORT and JAYDEN depending on what services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
Our top stories

FOOTBALL Rising star Roberts eager for Oxford United first-team action as Morris returns to Norwich

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Friday 24th October 2014

James Roberts is in no mood to rest on his laurels as the young Oxford United striker looks to feature in a fourth successive game when they visit Carlisle United tomorrow.

Blueprint for a £110m cancer research centre

Oxford Mail: Oxford Univesity logo white lettering blue background new logo

7:00am Friday 24th October 2014

A £110m cancer research centre is planned for Headington to study pioneering treatment with hundreds of county patients.

City roadworks hassle is worthwhile, says minister

Oxford Mail: OCC Cabinet member for transport, David Nimmo-Smith.

6:30am Friday 24th October 2014

MULTIPLE roadworks that cause city traffic gridlock are “worth it”, a minister has said.

Temporary Oxpens car park will have only half the space

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Friday 24th October 2014

A TEMPORARY replacement car park for Oxford’s Westgate multi-storey will provide less than half the number of spaces at present, it has been announced.

Oxfordshire bid for record Poppy Appeal total to mark centenary of start of First World War

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

PEOPLE in Oxfordshire are being urged to help break the £500,000 barrier for the first time as this year’s Poppy Appeal is launched today.

Judge criticises "catastrophic" CPS after trial postponement

Oxford Mail: Oxford Crown Court

2:30pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A JUDGE has criticised a “catastrophic failure” by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) which caused a trial to be put off until next year.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree