Letting fees ban will be forgotten, says Generation Rent

May 7, 2021

first_imgCampaigning group Generation Rent says it is worried that Theresa May’s manifesto promise of a letting fees ban is likely to be kicked into the long grass by the hung parliament and the pressures of Brexit negotiations.The government’s consultation on the ban closed on 2nd June.Generation Rent says it is concerned that, despite all-party support for a lettings fee ban, is believes the legislation is likely to “fall down the political agenda”.General ElectionIt also says renters were a key reason for the Conservative’s poor performance during Thursday’s General Election.It has looked at the results and concluded that 20 of the 32 seats that the Government lost were areas where there is an above-average proportion of voters who are renters.This includes some of the election’s more high-profile upsets such as Portsmouth South, Reading East, Battersea and Croydon Central, where former housing minister Garvin Barwell’s lost his seat.Barwell didn’t have to worry about getting a job after the election, though, unlike many other Conservative MPs voted out during the election. He is now Theresa May’s new Chief of Staff.“As the Prime Minister prepares her legislative programme, she should bear in mind that most of the MPs she lost represented large numbers of private renters. As home ownership remains unaffordable, the renter vote will only increase,” says Generation Rent.And it would appear that there’s some truth in the organisation’s claim. Before the election it pinpointed 93 margin Conservative seats around the UK and predicted that 30 of them would fall– all areas where there are more voters than average. On the night 19 ‘renter dominated marginals’ fell.“The new government will have to listen to renters so Generation Rent will hold them to their manifesto promises, and push them further to get a better deal.” says Generation Rent.The list19 constituencies lost by Tories with above average tenant populations. The average in the UK is 16%.Portsmouth – 33%Plymouth Sutton & Devonport – 32%Belfast South – 29%Leeds North West – 23%Bath – 23%Kingston and Surbiton – 22%Ipswich – 22%Eastbourne – 22%Brighton Kemptown – 22%Twickenham – 20%Lincoln – 20%Croydon Central – 20%Ceredigion – 20%Peterborough – 19%Bedford – 19%Fermanagh and South Tyrone – 18%Derby North – 18%Vale of Clwyd – 17%Generation Rent May 23, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Letting fees ban will be forgotten, says Generation Rent previous nextHousing MarketLetting fees ban will be forgotten, says Generation RentConcerns voiced by campaigning group could be good news for agents as PM battles to save her political skin.Nigel Lewis23rd May 20170957 Viewslast_img

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