EIGHT months after the Labour Party called for tougher minimum standards in the private rented housing sector in its election policy document, Reading East MP Matt Rodda noted with interest that the Government is now considering parts of that policy.

Prior to last year’s General Election, the Labour Party proposed that Councils would be empowered to license Landlords and fine those who failed to meet the specific requirements set out under new plans. Amongst the proposed legally-enforceable standards were requirements for safe wiring, no damp, good piping and homes being in a general good state of repair.

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