A former member of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet has thrown his weight behind Generation Rent’s latest campaign.
Lloyd Russell-Moyle - chair of the All-party Parliamentary Group on Renters and Rental Reform, and a shadow overseas minister under the former Labour leader - was one of the MPs lobbied by Generation Rent earlier this week over eviction notice periods.
Under Coronavirus legislation, the notice period for most evictions under section 21 of the 1988 Housing Act have been six months. But they revert to two months from October 1.
After being lobbied by rental activists, Russell-Moyle tweeted: “Covid protections end this month for renters. #WeCantGoBack to unfair evictions. The Government has promised increased renters rights in two manifestos and three Queen's Speeches now. We need legislation urgently.”
Russell-Moyle was one of two MPs named by Generation Rent in a statement concerning the lobby of Parliament earlier this week by the so-called Renters Reform Coalition. This is a group of activist campaigns, led by Generation Rent.
The other MP was Labour’s Stephen Timms, chair of the All Party Work & Pensions Committee.
Sue James, chair of the Renters’ Reform Coalition, says: “The pandemic has painfully reminded us of the importance of a safe and secure home, yet the lifting of the eviction restrictions takes that basic need further away.
“Private renters cannot go back to the status quo - of high rents, unsafe homes and insecure tenancies. It’s time to make private renting better, not worse.
“More than two years since the government’s original pledge to abolish section 21, renters are still waiting for a fairer system. Now that Parliament has returned, we have a once in a generation opportunity to ensure the private rented sector is secure and safe.”
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