The Private Rented Sector was under debate in Parliament yesterday, with the shadow housing minister, Jack Dromey, accusing the government of failing to fix a "crisis" in the private rented sector.
Droney, sorry Dromey, made a lengthy speech, describing Britain as a country divided between those who own and those who
rent their homes, pointing to the "lack of
stability, security and affordability for families and other renters" that current tenancies provide.
Labour called a motion to promote longer-term
tenancies, create a national register of landlords, and to empower
local authorities to deal with rogue landlords.
Housing minister Mark Prisk brought some common sense to Labour's chest pumping rhetoric. Agreeing that more action needs to taken to punish the
"small minority" of rogue landlords, but they are not looking to add further "unnecessary costs" to the rental sector.
(I can't believe that Labour is so dumb not to see that any licence costs will be instantly passed on to tenants rents - )