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New figures published today by the Labour Party reveal that tenants in the North East face upfront fees and deposits of £772 on average – before they even start paying rent. When rent is included the average upfront cost to tenants increases to £1,254.

Labour’s survey of letting agents in the North East also revealed:

- Three in five letting agents (60 per cent) don’t show their fees on their website.

-  After being contacted by e-mail one in ten (10 per cent) agents were still not transparent about their fees on tenants.

- Some letting agents charge as much as £350 in upfront administration fees (not including rent or deposits)

With 11 million people, including 1.5 million families with children, now living in the private rented sector, Labour has issued a fresh call for a better deal for private tenants by:          -Banning letting agent fees charged to tenants;

- Legislating for three-year stable tenancies;

- A ceiling on rent rises over the course of those contracts.

Labour is also calling on the Government to ensure that transparency of fees is robustly enforced.

Emma Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, said:

“The Tory plan is failing working families. Renters face thousands of pounds in upfront costs but in return they get no stability, poor standards and they have to pay hundreds of pounds in rip-off letting agent fees. “The Tories have nothing to offer Generation Rent but empty promises and more of the same polices that have delivered the lowest levels of house building in peace time since the 1920s. “Labour has a better plan for working families. We will give private renters a better deal. A Labour Government will ban letting agent fees on tenants, introduce three-year stable tenancies, and put a ceiling on rent rises over the course of the contracts. Labour will also tackle the root causes of this crisis by getting at least 200,000 homes built a year by 2020.”

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MichaelDugher.jpgMichael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to the publication of the Northern and TransPennine ITTs, said:

“The Tory-led Government has consistently ignored the North of England with broken promises on investment and higher fare rises. People who rely on the rail network in the North have been let down by Tory and Lib Dem ministers so many times, they'll believe this when they see it.

“If we had a new piece of rolling stock for every time ministers 'announced' the end of the Pacer trains, the network would be full of shiny new carriages.

“The Government has rushed headlong to get this franchise out the door before the election in a flawed and chaotic way.

“Whilst we strongly support Rail North’s involvement, we have made it clear that the current franchising system is not fit for purpose. That’s why Labour will be holding a speedy review into the whole franchise system early in the next Parliament.

“We need Labour’s better plan – one that reforms the railways to put the public interest first, reverses the presumption against the public sector and gives passengers a real voice.”

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Catherine_McKinnell_sml.jpgResponding to George Osborne’s visit to the North East region, Catherine McKinnell, Labour MP for Newcastle North and Shadow Treasury Minister said:

“The Tories so-called plan is failing and it isn’t working in the North East where most people are £1160 worse off after five years of David Cameron. 144,000 working families in this region have seen their tax credits cut in real terms. The number of apprenticeships is falling and our local councils are being hit disproportionately hard when compared to more affluent areas of the country.

 

“We need a better plan, one based on guaranteeing young people an apprenticeship if they get the grades, cutting and freezing business rates for our 71,000 small businesses, and a plan that gives our exporters the certainty they need to invest with a promise to stay in a reformed EU. Only Labour has that better plan for prosperity in the North East.”

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