Housing Secretary Michael Gove has said that he will implement legislation in order to improve the position of people in the private rented sector (PRS) in 2023. The PRS has been the focal point of many government policies for over a decade now, with the Conservative Party aiming to reduce its size.
A few days ago, Gove went on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, saying that the government "should have moved faster" in the "immediate aftermath" of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire to improve many things of social housing tenants. He acknowledged that tens of thousands of properties were deemed unsafe as they had not "been looked after properly", with a significant portion of these requiring repairs.
During the programme, the MP faced heavy criticism over the widely publicised death of 2-year-old Awaab Ishak, which a coroner ruled was the result of mould in the home his family rented. Gove told Nick Robinson, the programme's host, that "We know there are a significant number of properties, some of which were built in the 60s and 70s and are in poor conditions, but some of which have been poorly maintained that simply need to be properly repaired and properly maintained. We’re going to be bringing forward more legislation to improve the position of people in the private rented sector. We want to make sure that people in the private rented sector are confident that local government is on their side. We will bring forward legislation that will give them better protection. It will come in the next calendar year, so 2023".
Later on, Gove was questioned on the lack of new housing in recent years, to which he replied that "we […] need to concentrate on a brownfield first approach" as the "Planning system isn't working at the moment". After further lambasting over the high turnover of housing ministers, Gove stated that "The story has been a significant increase in homes built over many years […] The struggle never ceases we are determined to ensure that people can have safe, decent, warm homes and people can get on the housing ladder". Nevertheless, the PRS still proves to be a major priority of government policies as well as a pressing issue for the people of the UK.
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