U-turn for Tory ministers who’ll now back bill to force landlords to make properties safe

Landlord and former housing minister (now Tory Chairman) Brandon Lewis, outside an estate agent, from the look of it. How many of them are fit for human habitation?

What makes Tories change their opinion from “unnecessary regulation” that “will deter investment and put up rents” to “new legislation” to “ensure properties are safe” and all the rest of it?

Could it possibly be the fact that new Tory Party Chairman Brandon Lewis – a landlord – voted against making homes fit for human habitation and we all remembered it when Theresa May gave him the job on January 8?

Could it be the fact that this landlord used to be a housing minister – a shocking conflict of interest, but not unusual in a Conservative government – Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, is also a landlord, by the way.

Whatever the facts, it’s all very embarrassing and it seems the Conservatives want to put it right before we humiliate them any further.

Tory ministers have U-turned over a bill to give three million people a chance to live in a decent home.

Despite twice voting against a law to give tenants the legal right to challenge landlords, they have finally caved in.

Secretary of State for Housing Sajid Javid said: “Government will support new legislation that requires all landlords to ensure properties are safe and give tenants the right to take legal action if landlords fail in their duties.”

When Sajid Javid and other Tories voted down this Labour proposal in Parliament two years ago they described it as ‘unnecessary regulation’ which ‘will deter investment and put up rents’.

But the writing was on the wall even before the tragedy at Grenfell Tower after private landlord bodies backed Labour’s plan, exposing the Tory opposition as evidence-free, ideological nonsense.

Source: Tory ministers in stunning U-turn as they will now back Labour bill to force landlords to make properties safe – Mirror Online


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2 thoughts on “U-turn for Tory ministers who’ll now back bill to force landlords to make properties safe

  1. NMac

    Sometimes I think that the Tories can’t get any nastier and hypocritical, but then they always manage to excel themselves in nastiness and hypocrisy.

  2. Ann Ford

    If the tories make this Law it will not be worth the paper it’s written on. like so many other legislation they have written.

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