The new Housing Secretary, Michael Gove, must remake the rental sector in a fairer and more stable form.
That’s the view of Baroness Alicia Kennedy, the director of the activists’ group Generation Rent.
Responding to news of his new appointment following the Cabinet reshuffle, the Baroness says: “Michael Gove inherits a housing market that is destroying voters’ faith in the system. A safe and stable home is the foundation of a successful life, but millions of people don’t have that, because their landlord doesn’t need a reason to evict them.
"Frequent unwanted moves in the private sector make it impossible for renters to settle down or save a deposit on their first home.
“Renters have been waiting nearly two and a half years for the government to fulfil its promise to end unfair evictions – getting older and seeing their dreams crumble in that time.
"To give renters control over their lives and a stake in their local communities, Mr Gove must seize this opportunity to remake the private rental market as a provider of long term homes.”
Earlier this week Generation Rent said it wanted the introduction of open ended secure tenancies, and the creation of a national register of landlords to raise standards.
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