Roberta today showed her support for renters in Durham, by attending the Second Reading of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill.
The Bill, which was been brought forward by MP Karen Buck, gives renters in Durham and across the country the right to take their landlord to court over unsafe and poor housing conditions.
More than 29,000 homes in the North East have a hazard in their rented home which poses a “serious and immediate risk to health and safety”, according to the recent official statistics. This is the equivalent of 1 in 15 rented homes in the North East.
The ‘Fitness for Human Habitation’ Bill has cross-party support and was has been backed by the government. It has also been supported by organisations across the housing sector, including Shelter, the Residential Landlords Association, the National Landlord Association and the National Housing Federation.
Roberta was one of many MPs in the House of Commons to speak in support of the Bill and see it through its Second Reading on Friday 19th January. The Bill will now progress and be scrutinised by a Parliamentary Committee.
Roberta said “I’m proud to support the ‘Fitness for Human Habitation’ Bill, which will empower renters in Durham and give them a meaningful tool for getting poor and unsafe renting conditions seen to.”
Shelter’s Chief Executive, Polly Neate, said: “Too many private and social renters are forced to live in poor and sometimes dangerous conditions, unable to tackle safety concerns or legally challenge their landlord.
“Thanks to Roberta and MPs from all the major parties, we are one step closer to creating a minimum safety standard for rented homes. If passed, this Bill will help to protect renters and help stop rogue landlords in their tracks”.