Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin backs campaign to end revenge evictions

Dudley North MP Ian Austin has welcomed a Bill that will protect renters in the West Midlands.

The Tenancies Bill is part of a campaign led by Shelter that aims to stop landlords from evicting renters unfairly. Figures from the charity show that 1 in 14 renters in the West Midlands were too scared to ask their landlord to fix a problem in their home for fear of being evicted.

Research commissioned by the charity found that in the last year over 200,000 people across England who did complain about conditions in their home were actually evicted or served with an eviction notice.

Austin has now joined MPs from all main parties to call for action on the issue of revenge evictions and to offer greater protections to the 7,000 people in his constituency that rent privately.

Ian Austin said:

“Many local people have been in touch about Shelter's Tenancies Bill and I was keen to support this cause. We need to put a stop to revenge evictions for good and protect renters from this unfair practice.

“I want to see further steps taken against rogue landlords that blight the lives of tenants and damage the reputations of responsible landlords.

“That is why I also support a ban on rip-off letting fees, three-year tenancies as standard, and the introduction of a National Register of Landlords.”

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