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Liberal Democrats to debate ‘fairer renting’ as poll points to hung parliament

The party is likely to hold the balance of power following a General Election and next week will debate its key housing policies at its Bournemouth conference.

Nigel Lewis

The Liberal Democrats are to debate several key areas of change within the housing market at their Autumn Conference in Bournemouth between this Saturday and Tuesday as the party, whose leader Jo Swinson (above), also hangs its hopes on a ‘stop Brexit’ ticket.

The party’s approach to the housing market holds greater sway than in recent years; a poll commissioned by a Conservative grouping last week pointed to the Liberal Democrats holding the balance of power following a General Election and a subsequent hung parliament.

The conference motions include copying several existing proposed government legislative plans that have recently been going through consultations.

Evictions

These include the abolition of Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions and the introduction of longer tenancies.

This conference motion is to be debated on Tuesday and will look at the impact that no fault evictions have on those evicted, who may not have enough money to find new accommodation in the time available.

This, the motion claims, forces children to move schools, tears people away from their friends and communities, and leaves tenants financially compromised and requiring support from the state.

Further measures

Delegates are also due to reconfirm the party’s commitment to reform the private rented market to make it ‘fairer’ for private renters, provide support to tenants to enable them to complain about poor quality homes more easily and the creation of local landlord registers.

Rent to buy

The party is to also resurrect its ‘rent to own’ proposal which is designed to attract younger voters by enabling them to own properties without the need for a deposit and then slowly buy their homes as time goes by.

This measure would see 30,000 rent to own homes delivered each year at a cost of £300m.

Read the party’s conference agenda in full.

September 12, 2019

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