Stalling supply – and why more tinkering is not an option

The news that the long awaiting revival of house building may be stalling is deeply worrying,  but sadly not surprising.

The BBC report that a leaked document from DCLG shows the department expects “a decrease in the number of houses started this year: down from 133,650 in 2013/2014 to c.128,000 in 2014/15 (-4%).” This is despite house prices reaching an all-time high and a majority of areas in England now seeing only 1 in 10 private homes for sale affordable … Read more

A bill to end retaliatory eviction

This afternoon, Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather presented the Tenancies (Reform) Bill for its first reading in Parliament. The bill is described as a “bill to protect tenants against retaliatory eviction; to amend the law on notices requiring possession relating to assured shorthold tenancies; and for connected purposes”.

Parliament will now debate whether to introduce legislation to end retaliatory eviction in the private rented sector.

Sarah presented the bill with the support of parliamentary colleagues from right across the … Read more