Keighley MP’s welcome for housing deal

Kris Hopkins MP

Kris Hopkins MP

First published in Keighley

A new partnership to give tenants and landlords a fair deal in the private sector has been hailed by Keighley’s MP.

Housing minister Kris Hopkins hosted a summit at 10 Downing Street, where he met leading lenders offering buy-to-let mortgages to private landlords.

Lenders agreed to work with the government to tackle barriers to giving tenants longer, “family-friendly” tenancies.

The government says it is taking steps to strengthen the private rented sector. These include compulsory redress schemes for letting agents and developing a draft tenants’ charter and model tenancy agreement.

The government is also investing £1 billion through a Build to Rent fund and £10 billion in guarantees to deliver new homes for private rent.

Mr Hopkins said: “I’m really pleased leading lenders have agreed to work with us to see how we can tackle the barriers that prevent people from getting the deal they want.”

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