Labour’s Renting Homes Bill will dramatically weaken tenants’ rights, Peter Black AM has warned today.
Currently tenants must be offered a minimum of six months residency when they begin their contract. The Welsh Government’s bill would abolish this right, known as the ‘six month moratorium’. This will leave tenants in a weaker and less secure position.
Mr Black, Assembly Member for South Wales West, is also raising concerns about the provision for exclusion orders for those in supported accommodation, saying that it could be in breach of human rights legislation.
The Communities and Local Government Committee will be looking at amendments to the bill tomorrow (Wed).
Peter Black AM, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Housing Minister, said:
“Labour’s plans are an attack on tenants’ rights and are a disaster waiting to happen.
“Removing the six month minimum tenancy rule will put tenants in a much more uncertain and unsecure position, especially given more vulnerable people will be housed in the private sector under this bill.
“With fewer than half the houses that Wales needs being built, Labour’s failure to act is driving the dream of affordable housing out of reach of too many people.
“The Welsh Liberal Democrats are the only party consistently talking about housing. We have the ambition and aspiration to tackle Wales’ housing crisis.
“We will double the amount of affordable homes being built in Wales in the next Assembly term, while also putting forward solutions to help people achieve their dream of owning their first house.
“Wales needs to get creative on housing. Labour’s poverty of ambition is in stark contrast to the Welsh Liberal Democrats’ innovative solutions to get us out of this housing crisis.”