Thank you for contacting me about Age UK’s campaign on helping elderly people in privately rented accommodation.
I share your concern about protecting private renters from evictions, particularly people of an older generation who could be more vulnerable. This is precisely why I stood on a commitment to bring forward a better deal for renters, abolish ‘no fault’ evictions and introduce a lifetime deposit for tenants. I understand these and other reforms will be introduced in the Renters’ Reform Bill as soon as parliamentary time allows, which will offer peace of mind to millions of people in the private rented sector. The Bill will also drive up standards in rented accommodation and crackdown further on rogue landlords.
Older people can be especially at risk of losing their home, which is why people with ill health, a disability or old age are given priority status when being provided accommodation by local councils. I also welcome the £4 million awarded to over 100 councils across England to tackle criminal landlords and letting agents that fail to provide a decent home for tenants.
While recent figures show that 82 per cent of people privately renting are satisfied with their accommodation, more still needs to be done and I will continue to support the Government’s work to provide better security for private renters and improve the sector even further.