MP Kris Hopkins sets out priorities for private rental housing sector

Keighley MP Kris Hopkins

Keighley MP Kris Hopkins

First published in News

Cracking down on rogue housing landlords, increasing the number of homes rented by large-scale professional operators and stimulating more house building are priorities to improve the private rented sector, housing minister and Keighley MP Kris Hopkins told the Commons.

He said that, while the quality of private rented homes was improving and 83 per cent of private tenants rated their accommodation as good, the sector presented several challenges for the Government.

Mr Hopkins said 80 per cent of private tenants moved by their own choice, with only nine per cent relocating due to the actions of landlords, and ten per cent through agreement with landlords.

He said: “The private rented sector is now bigger than the social sector, so it is important that politicians, practitioners and professionals challenge the behaviour of the small minority of individuals who, owing to the poor-quality provision that their tenants receive, undermine not only the sector, but other people’s businesses.”

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10:38am Thu 6 Mar 14

Mr Perks says...

This government's completely unfair bedroom tax has created rather than solved problems. Very few one or two bedroom houses exist in social housing because they've been bought through the 'right to buy' scheme. So now sick and disabled people are renting smaller houses privately which costs far more in housing benefit. Massive own goal by Hopkins's party, the sooner the country is rid of him and this Govt, the better!
This government's completely unfair bedroom tax has created rather than solved problems. Very few one or two bedroom houses exist in social housing because they've been bought through the 'right to buy' scheme. So now sick and disabled people are renting smaller houses privately which costs far more in housing benefit. Massive own goal by Hopkins's party, the sooner the country is rid of him and this Govt, the better! Mr Perks
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12:33pm Thu 6 Mar 14

G_Firth says...

What planet is he on.
Though I agree that slum lords need to be dealt with, its the social housing sector that needs a boost in building not the private sector.
The lack of 1 and 2 bedroom homes not only in our region but nationally is on the verge of being non existent in the social housing sector.
The private sector is more than capable of fending for itself.
is it any wonder why house prices are so high when they are mostly bought for the buy to let sector because social housing has been left to rot and drop down below the private sector.
Labour are just as bad selling council houses of with tenants still living in then just for the mighty buck
Mr Hopkins is nothing more than a party puppet and the switch from being a councilor to an MP is clearly a step beyond his capabilities.
The sooner we get some flipping common sense into both the councils and commons the flipping better in my book
What planet is he on. Though I agree that slum lords need to be dealt with, its the social housing sector that needs a boost in building not the private sector. The lack of 1 and 2 bedroom homes not only in our region but nationally is on the verge of being non existent in the social housing sector. The private sector is more than capable of fending for itself. is it any wonder why house prices are so high when they are mostly bought for the buy to let sector because social housing has been left to rot and drop down below the private sector. Labour are just as bad selling council houses of with tenants still living in then just for the mighty buck Mr Hopkins is nothing more than a party puppet and the switch from being a councilor to an MP is clearly a step beyond his capabilities. The sooner we get some flipping common sense into both the councils and commons the flipping better in my book G_Firth
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12:20am Fri 7 Mar 14

bobbyo says...

Slum lords having their mortgages paid by the Tax payer , high time a limit was put on benefit rent , then these slumlords would have to lower their rents !
Slum lords having their mortgages paid by the Tax payer , high time a limit was put on benefit rent , then these slumlords would have to lower their rents ! bobbyo
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