CHRISTCHURCH MP blocks tenancy reform bill
Blocking of the Tenancies (Reform) Bill
Last week in Parliament saw the shameful blocking by Christchurch MP Chris Chope of a bill with cross party support that would have stopped private landlords from being able to evict tenants without any reason.
Mr Chope, a landlord himself, along with fellow Tory MP Philip Davies filibustered the bill, which means the two spoke throughout the time allocated for the debate in parliament, therefore preventing a democratic vote by MPs on the issue.
This is a disgraceful failure of Mr Chope to recognise a growing and preventable problem for private tenants in this Country. There are 9 million renters in the UK and a recent study found that 2% of all renters in the private sector have been evicted after they complained to their landlord or letting agent about a problem. Revenge evictions are a particular problem in London, where 14%…
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