In December I posted here about a battle to get my deposit returned for the house I rented in Whitefield. Blogging has been light, so I thought I should post an update. I eventually received my deposit back in February 2015 (I moved out in October 2014) a full 5 months after my tenancy ended. This shameful and disgusting treament, it seems, is the industry norm.
Despite this, I was chuffed to pieces to hear the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launch a new Liberal Democrat manifesto promise to roll out a trial that ran in Sunderland across the rest of the UK. Inside Housing reports on the new ‘rent-to-own’ scheme here, which means that people who do not have a deposit to buy a new home can rent and while they do so, build up equity in the house. This welcome news is in addition to the promise made at the recent Liberal Democrat conference in Liverpool (which I attended on behalf of Bury Liberal Democrats) where it was announced that the Lib Dems will build 300,000 new homes a year over the course of the next parliament.
The Lib Dems have also delivered more protection for tenants so that rogue landlords cannot carry out so-called ‘revenge evictions’ on people who are renting their properties. Amendments to the Deregulation Bill will mean tenants won’t face the prospect of losing their home simply for asking that repairs be made.
If you are a private tenant living in Bury, I ask you to give your vote to the Liberal Democrats this May 7th, as we are the only party committed to protecting tenants renting in the UK.