On June the 24th Labour MP Karen Buck Tabled the first reading of the Homes Fitness for Human Habitation Bill, as part of the Homes Bill 2015-16.
If passed, this bill could dramatically improve the quality of living conditions for the 11 million of us who rent our home.
We need to get our MPs behind this bill so that people in Greater Manchester's rented sector are no longer forced to live in dangerous and substandard homes.
With Right to Buy's extension poised to gobble up the remainder of our truly 'affordable' social housing and the cost of mortgages rocketing out of reach, more of us than ever before will be turning to renting. We need protecting from dangerous and unhealthy homes.
The Homes Fitness For Human Habitation Bill will finally set legal parameters for decent standards.
Please email or Write to your MP and lobby them to support better standards of rented homes, making houses fit for human habitation a legal requirement:
Dear ________ MP,
I am writing today to request your presence in Parliament for the second reading of the private members bill- Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill, which completed its first reading in the House of Commons on June the 24th with the second reading scheduled for October, Friday 16th.
Generation Rent have been cross-party campaigning to build up support for the bill and are now in the process of asking MPs to commit to being in Parliament for the second reading.
Can we count on your support for the bill?
We are tabling all initial MP responses on line, and will ask our supporters and renter-constituents to lobby their MPs to be present for the reading.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Renting has doubled in the past decade but there is still no protection from high rents, short tenancies and squalid properties. For the past year and a half Generation Rent has been organising renters and giving them a voice in the media and in politics.
Generation Rent needs your help. We unexpectedly have only two months of funding left. There is a real danger that the campaign will simply vanish, and with it the national voice of private renters in the media and political debate.
We are working hard to secure new sources of long term funding, but this will take months and we need your help now. We need to raise £60,000 by 31 August. These funds would allow us to continue our work empowering renters to put pressure on Parliament, the London mayoral candidates and local councils while applying for grants and building a sustainable organisation.
Please donate just £20 – or what you can afford – on our crowdfunding site, People’s Republic, who are kindly waiving their fees because they like us so much.Read more
SOUTH MANCHESTER RENTERS & FAMILIES CALL FOR
A CAMPAIGN FOR DECENT, LEGAL, RENTED HOMES FOR FAMILIES
Families living in substandard rented homes have acted together to raise awareness of this issue. Let's end the renting of dangerous homes, unfit to live in, and ask for better standards, as one voice in Manchester.
We, the tenants and customers of all landlords, letting and managing agents operating in Greater Manchester; hereby petition these parties to uphold their legal duty to ensure they operate within the bounds of the UK Law’s 2004 Housing Act, Landlord and Tenants Act 1985, 1987, and the 2015 amended Consumer Rights Act.
If those parties do not comply with the demands set out in this petition, within 30 days of this petition's issue, we the customer, reserve the right to hold to account, and report these parties to the Court of Law on the following 2 counts:
Count 1. Fraudulent Verbal and Written Tenancy Agreements:
-Wherein the named landlord is falsely identified, and the identity of the real landlord and property- owner, is concealed for reasons of tax, and repair evasion.
-Therefore, responsible to carry out repairs and maintenance on the property.
-Therefore, invalidating the tenancy agreement made under this false premise.
i. Parties must no longer issue fraudulent verbal Assured Shorthold Tenancy contracts
ii. Parties must name the correct Landlord on every contract issued to every private tenant, verbally, or otherwise.
iii. Parties must delineate the correct landlord’s full contact details on every tenancy contract (s.48, Landlord and Housing Act, 1987)
iv. Parties Must issue Tenants with Legal Document Certifying Tenant Deposit has been placed in an Government Accredited Tenant Deposit Scheme
Count 2. Letting Properties with Category 1 Hazards
Parties are letting out homes which fall below the HHSRS (Housing Health and Safety Rating System) to families, often with young children.
Young children and vulnerable individuals stand to suffer lifelong health problems because of the sub-standard conditions of their rented homes.
Current hazards on record, as reported by paying tenants:
Damp and Mould
Fissures and Cracks
Health problems caused by these hazards negatively impact physical, mental and emotional development of tenants, particularly young children.
v. Parties must commit to repair and maintain their properties up to the level of the HHSRS
vi. Parties must commit to honour the Consumer Rights Act, abiding by the legislator requirements:
- To clearly display the EPC rating of their properties on all adverts, within their online and street level business.
- To clearly display fees, and transparent breakdown of what fees cover on all advertisements
- To be a member of a Government Accredited Redress Scheme, in accordance with the Consumer Rights Act, Bill amendment operational as of May 27th, 2015
Read morePollyanna from Generation Rent, spoke with the Manchester Friends of the Earth Volunteer group about her work and the history of the organisation.Generation Rent is a tenants rights organisation that works on the basis that decent housing is a fundamental human right and is one is not being met in the UK under the current government.
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The government has proposed a change to the Deregulation Bill to stop landlords evicting tenants in houses where a health and safety issue has been identified by environmental health officers. Communities Minister Stephen Williams said “I’m proposing changes to the law that would outlaw “retaliatory evictions”, so tenants don’t face the prospect of losing their home simply for asking that repairs be made.”Read more
Now it is 2015 we are asking who'll be ringing in the changes?
The renter-landscape is changing and with this changing and increasing number of renters comes an increasing need for a just and sustainable housing system. As we approach the general election these needs should become demands.