Tell your MP – save the date and vote to end revenge eviction

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Dear [Mr/Ms],

My name is , and I want to see an end to revenge evictions. I live in and I’m writing to ask you to attend parliament on 28 November 2014 and vote for the Tenancies (Reform) Bill. Please reply to me at to let me know if you’ll be attending.

It’s a simple clarification to the law, but this bill could protect so many of us from revenge evictions – and from rogue landlords who damage our health and put our lives at risk.

Last year over 200,000 renters were victims of a revenge eviction – evicted just for asking a landlord to fix poor or dangerous conditions. Many more are too afraid to speak up about conditions at all – scared that complaining about a leaking roof or broken boiler will cost them their home.

On 28 November, Sarah Teather’s Private Members Bill – the Tenancies (Reform) Bill – will be debated in Parliament.

The Bill will prevent landlords who aren’t keeping their properties in decent condition from evicting renters when they complain. It already has cross-party support, and the backing of the government – but we need your help to turn it into law.

Please let me know if you will save the date and protect England’s 9 million renters.

Yours sincerely,

Your full name (enter above)

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Great news! Your MP supports the Tenancies (Reform) Bill.

Now will you make sure that they save the date and turn up to vote?

Dear [Mr/Ms],

I wanted to say thank you for listening to England’s 9 million renters. Your support for the Tenancies (Reform) Bill will help us end revenge eviction.

Please will you attend Parliament on 28 November and vote for the Bill?

Last year over 200,000 renters were victims of a revenge eviction – and 1 in 12 renters were too afraid of eviction to speak up about conditions at all.

But this simple clarification to the law can protect tenants from rogue landlords who damage our health and put our lives at risk.

On 28 November, the Bill will be debated in Parliament. Please let me know if you will save the date and help protect England’s 9 million renters.

Landlords shouldn’t be able to evict renters just for complaining. So on behalf of England’s 9 million renters: thank you for getting us this far.

Yours sincerely,

Please email me updates about Shelter’s work (we’ll never share your data, and you can opt out at any time).


About this campaign

Here’s the problem:
At the moment, it’s completely legal for a landlord to evict you for speaking up about bad conditions.

What can we do about it?
On 28 November, MPs have the chance to end revenge evictions.

How can I help?
You can tell your MP to save the date – to attend Parliament on 28 November and vote to end revenge eviction.


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Here’s the problem:

At the moment, it’s completely legal for a landlord to evict you for speaking up about bad conditions.

As a result, 200,000 renters have been evicted in this way in the past year – and many more live in fear. One in twelve private renters have avoided asking for repairs in case they are evicted.

The law badly needs to change – to stamp out revenge evictions, and to give renters back the confidence they need to ask for basic repairs.

What can we do about it?

On 28 November, MPs have the chance to end revenge eviction.

They’ll be debating a small change to the law: to stop landlords issuing an eviction notice when the tenant has made a legitimate complaint about conditions.

For the Bill to pass, enough MPs need to attend the debate and the majority need to vote in favour. You can see more about how the Bill will become law here.

How can I help?

You can tell your MP to save the date – to attend Parliament on 28 November and vote to end revenge evictions.

Normally, MPs go back home on a Thursday to do constituency work on a Friday. This time, we need them to stay in Westminster until Friday morning, so they can vote to change the lives of the thousands of renters they represent.

Email your MP and ask them to stay in parliament on Friday 28 November.

Tell me more about the Bill:

Read more about the Bill on our blog.

If you like a bit more detail, you can read our parliamentary briefing.

Support so far

Renters

Tina

‘When we moved in, we couldn’t believe our luck - the place was spotless! But it became clear very quickly that major faults had just been painted over.

‘The house is a death trap – it has massive cracks in the walls and my elder daughter has had a ceiling collapse on her. Last month my son spilt a small amount of his drink, it went down the side of the landing carpet and through the floorboards and caused several big electrical explosions.

‘When we asked the landlord for repairs, she served us a section 21 eviction notice. How can she be allowed to treat us like this?’

Renters’ groups supporting the Bill
  • Generation Rent
  • The Tenants’ voice
  • Priced Out
  • Home Sweet Home

Local government

David Arkle, Housing Manager, Amber Valley Borough Council

‘An increasing number of renters tell us that following the council asking their landlords to make repairs, an eviction notice is swiftly served. This is why we strongly support Shelter's proposals to restrict the use of Section 21 notices where there are serious hazards. These protections would provide far greater numbers of renters with the confidence to report poor conditions to their landlord or council.’

Local government organisations supporting the Bill
  • Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
  • Association of Tenancy Relations Officers
  • Local Government Information Unit
  • Local Government Association
  • Mayor of London

MPs

Sarah Teather

‘I’m delighted to be working with Shelter and the Government to tackle revenge evictions.

‘In my 11 years as an MP, a number of victims of revenge eviction have come through the doors of my constituency office in Willesden Green needing my help. But there is little I or anyone else can do to stop landlords evicting tenants simply because they have reported dangerous or unsanitary conditions in their homes.’

MPs supporting the bill
  • Andrew Love MP (Labour)
  • Andrew Stunell OBE MP (Liberal Democrat)
  • Andrew Smith MP (Labour)
  • Bob Blackman MP (Conservative)
  • Brandon Lewis MP, Housing Minister
  • Chris Williamson MP (Labour)
  • Fiona Mactaggart MP (Labour)
  • Jeremy Lefroy MP (Conservative)
  • John Healey MP (Labour)
  • Mike Thornton MP (Liberal Democrat)
  • Nicola Blackwood MP (Conservative)
  • Peter Bottomley MP (Conservative)
  • Philip Hollobone MP (Conservative)
  • Rosie Cooper MP (Labour)
  • Sarah Teather MP (Liberal Democrat)
  • Stephen Williams MP, Communities Minister
  • Steve Brine MP (Conservative)
  • Tessa Munt MP (Liberal Democrat)
  • Tim Farron MP (Liberal Democrat)

Civil society

These civil society organisations are supporting the bill, and want to see an end to revenge evictions.

Civil society organisations supporting the Bill

  • Citizens Advice
  • Crisis
  • Electrical Safety First
  • National Union of Students
  • Age UK
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Children’s Society
  • Race Equality Foundation
  • Chartered Institute of Housing

Shelter’s 9 million renters campaign is run with the support of British Gas, as part of our partnership to improve the conditions of privately rented homes.