Ilford North's Tory MP has once again let down the people he represents by voting against a ban on letting agent fees for tenants.
Labour put forward an amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill this evening to ban letting agents fees now – providing an opportunity for MPs of all parties to help with the Cost of Living crisis now. Ilford North's Labour Parliamentary Candidate, Wes Streeting, wrote to Lee Scott MP urging him to back the proposal to help those renting their homes in Ilford North.
A survey of letting agents found 94 per cent imposed additional charges on tenants on top of the deposit and rent in advance. On average tenants are forced to pay £355 to their lettings agents every time they move house with some paying as much as £500. These costs are putting additional pressure on renters with 54 per cent of people surveyed saying they faced financial difficulties covering fees.
Lee Scott MP voted against this amendment.
Wes Streeting commented:
“Lee Scott has failed to stand up for those privately renting their homes in Ilford North and his Tory-led Government has failed the 9m people that make up Generation Rent in Britain today. By voting against the Labour amendment Lee Scott has failed to take real action now to help with the cost of living crisis”
“It is now clear that only Labour MPs in Redbridge will stand up for tenants. As Ilford North's Labour MP, I will support a Labour government led by Ed Miliband that will ban letting agent fees, legislate for longer term tenancies with built-in protections against rent rises, and build a million new homes over the course of the next Parliament to make housing more affordable for all."