Lilian Greenwood MP has today called upon the Government to “think again” after Housing Minister Grant Shapps MP announced planning law changes which will hit tenants and communities across Nottingham South.
The city MP was responding to news that the Tory led coalition government plans to remove laws, introduced by Labour, which protect tenants in private accommodation, and allows councils to control the spread of Homes in Multiple Occupation.
HMOs in high concentration can change the balance and nature of local communities. Labour’s legislation gave councils the power to limit the creation of new HMOs under planning laws and helped reign in the problems associated with absentee landlords - including a national register of landlords set up to allow tenants to make basic checks on their prospective landlords.
Changes proposed by the government risk damaging the standard of private homes for tenants and the quality of life in communities like Nottingham.
Lilian Greenwood said:
“I have already written in the strongest terms to the Housing Minister requesting an urgent meeting to discuss this vitally important issue. There are over 16,000 private tenants living in our area, all of whom stand to lose out from changes to landlord regulations. At the same time whole areas of Nottingham South could be harmed if Nottingham City Council isn’t able to restrain the spread of HMOs.”
“Recent research confirms that private tenants are suffering under dodgy and absentee landlords. It is shocking that this Government is putting the interests of private landlords over tenants.”
“I urge the Government to think again these rushed and ill conceived changes to the planning system.”
Rt Hon John Healey MP, Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning, said:
“The Government is letting local residents down by removing controls on bad landlords; they make tenants’ lives a misery and their neglect can cause widespread grief for neighbours too.
“Lilian Greenwood MP is right to campaign for greater power to protect local residents in Nottingham South.