You may have noticed news stories appearing about an announcement by Labour on rented housing.

This is the story as released by the Labour Party:

The Conservative Party’s record on housing is one of seven years of failure.

In the private rented sector, tenants are now spending £800 million every month on homes which the Government classes as ‘non-decent’. Around a quarter of this – some £2.3 billion a year – is paid by housing benefit.

Labour is today setting out a how we’ll do things differently. We will act in the interests of the many not just the few by delivering a consumer rights revolution for renters. We will improve standards, security and affordability for people who rent their homes from a private landlord.

Labour will guarantee new legal minimum standards to ensure that all homes are at least ‘fit for human habitation’, give councils new powers to license landlords, allow private tenants to report those that rent homes that are unsafe, and will introduce tough new fines of up to £100,000 for landlords who fail to meet minimum standards.

Under Labour, no one will be denied their basic consumer housing rights or help to address their concerns.

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