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Tenants in Blackpool will benefit from Labour’s fairer deal says Gordon

Gordon has said the thousands of people currently privately renting in Blackpool will be given a fairer deal under Labour’s new housing plans.Gordon_Marsden.jpg

In 2011 there were around 10,662 private renters in Blackpool South, and by 2021 this is expected to rise up to 13,237, making up to 36% of the constituency.

Under Labour’s plans, three year tenancies will become the norm giving renters greater stability; Labour will also put a cap on excessive rent increases and rip-off letting agent fees will be banned.

Local authorities such as Blackpool Council will also be given more powers, so standards can be driven up in their local areas.

Gordon said: “Labour is committed to giving tenants in Blackpool a fairer deal. We have a large number of private renters in parts of Blackpool like South Shore and also around the town centre area, and we need to make sure they are given better protection.

“By making three year tenancies the norm, putting a cap on rent rises and ban letting agency fees on tenants, we can give more stability to people who want to stay and establish themselves in the town.

“Given the high degree of mobility with many people having to move around different parts of Blackpool, it makes sense to protect them from unexpected rent rises and reduce their insecurity.”

A report by the Department for Energy and Climate Change found that the private rented sector had the lowest standards of energy efficiency and the highest incidence of fuel poverty (one in five).

Gordon added: “In Blackpool where underemployment and low wages are a big problem, there are many people struggling to pay the bills and make ends meet.

“Because of the cost of living crisis, there are families, especially those with young children and also older residents, who are having to make the choice between heating and eating.

“We need to ensure people are not left out of pocket for just putting a roof over their heads.”

 

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