A senior Labour MP says a national register of private landlords needs to be set up to stop vulnerable tenants being forced to live in sub-standard housing. It comes after a tenant was forced to pay £350 a month to live in a shed in Newham in east London.
Sir Alan Meale claims some agencies are charging unjustifiably high fees, including up to £250 just to check a tenant's references. He said:
In truth, the private rented sector is not the market it should or needs to be. We are not talking about taking this under a state scheme or anything else.
This is purely protection and lifting the private rented sector to a level that will give all our constituents the chance to live decently.