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There are too many unfair letting fees, a lack of transparency within the housing market and not enough affordable housing.
Housing is one of the biggest issues Siobhain cares about. It is also the most common case brought up to Siobhain by her constituents at her weekly advice surgery.
The Queen’s Speech after the recent General Election
indicated that there may be a ban on private letting fees. While Siobhain absolutely welcomes this, it is just one of the many issues faced by the private rented sector. The cost of private rent has already risen by 22% since 2010, leading housing benefits going to private rents doubling in the last 10 years alone. And level of home ownership is at its lowest in Britain since 1985.
In her speech, Siobhain raises the astounding £1250 letting fee her constituent David was charged as an example to showcase the problems in the private rented sector.
Letting fees must be banned, but this is just the beginning if the problems in the private rented sector are to be solved.
You can watch Siobhain’s speech here: