Housing

At least 73 of the MPs who rejected proposals to ensure rented homes are “fit for human habitation” are themselves residential landlordsPolitical Scrapbook can reveal.

Amendment 52 of the Housing Bill sought to establish “Implied term of fitness for human habitation in residential lettings” to, y’know, make sure your home is safe to live in:

“This new Clause would place a duty on landlords to ensure that their properties are fit for habitation when let and remain fit during the course of the tenancy.”

But all this accountability stuff seems to have gone down like a pint of cold sick with the landlord contingent in parliament. A comparison of voting records with the transparency registers shows that dozens of MPs who opposed the measure have interests in rented accommodation.

As the threshold for registration with Commons authorities is £10,000 rent per annum, this would excludes MPs who may be renting out the most crappy housing.

UPDATE: The full list of MPs who voted against the measure and had recorded their income as a residential landlord under Section 6(ii) of the current register of members’ interests, “Income derived from property: over £10,000 in a calendar year”:

  • Nigel Adams
  • Stuart Andrew
  • Victoria Atkins
  • Jake Berry
  • James Berry
  • Bob Blackman
  • Robert Buckland
  • Alun Cairns
  • David Cameron
  • Alex Chalk
  • James Cleverley
  • Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
  • Therese Coffey
  • Geoffrey Cox
  • Mims Davies
  • Philip Davies
  • Richard Drax
  • James Duddridge
  • Alan Duncan
  • Philip Dunne
  • Jane Ellison
  • George Eustice
  • Mike Freer
  • Richard Fuller
  • John Glen
  • Robert Goodwill
  • Chris Grayling
  • Dominic Grieve
  • Chris Heaton-Harris
  • Peter Heaton-Jones
  • George Hollingberry
  • Kevin Hollinrake
  • Philip Hollobone
  • Nick Hurd
  • Stewart Jackson
  • Margot James
  • Sajid Javid
  • Joseph Johnson
  • Simon Kirby (teller)
  • Greg Knight
  • Brandon Lewis
  • Julian Lewis
  • Craig Mackinlay
  • Tania Mathias
  • Karl McCartney
  • Anne Marie Morris
  • Sheryll Murray
  • Robert Neill
  • Sarah Newton (teller)
  • Jesse Norman
  • David Nuttall
  • Neil Parish
  • Owen Paterson
  • Rebecca Pow
  • Jeremy Quin
  • Jacob Rees-Mogg
  • Laurence Robertson
  • Julian Smith
  • Royston Smith
  • Mark Spencer
  • John Stevenson
  • Desmond Swayne
  • Derek Thomas
  • Anne-Marie Trevelyan
  • Andrew Turner
  • Shailesh Vara
  • Theresa Villiers
  • Ben Wallace
  • David Warburton
  • Craig Whittaker
  • John Whittingdale
  • Nadhim Zahawi
  1. How long before we can force a vote of no confidence in this malignant government?. Under what circumstances apart from personal interest would you not want to see it written into law that remnants have a right to certain standards of housing for their money?. Disgusting Tory scum.

  2. David Cameron always goes on about “Tory values” this shows the true values of these abhorrent self serving Tory MPs who voted against the poorest people in Britain having a safe,decent home to live all in the name of TORY GREED shame on them.

  3. 1st,the Bedroom tax,then hiding tax credit cutbacks in universal credit,now this.The Tories do everything under hand.There was a private members bill against the Bedroom tax backed by the Govt which was never financed,its a joke

  4. Having been born in a home with no electricity, no hot water and a shared toilet imagine how delighted my family were to get a council house. This government will send us back to the Rackman days. Social housing sold off, private landlords are not in it for charitable reasons. Please, why don’t they get it?!

  5. profiting from your own actions? These MPs should have been excluded from voting. Members interests my arse. This should be about protecting the public from the excesses of the Crown, that’s an MPs job. So who protects the public? #Blogging and #Twitter does a better job than HoC.

  6. We will remember them. Take note of this unsocial act, and other atrocities, and the scum who took part. In four years time this will all come out.

  7. It would be interesting to know how many of these landlord MP’s receive Housing Benefit payments from their tenants…..

  8. Roger Grenville says:

    This move by Labour was not really needed as current Environmental Health Legislation and Landlord repairs obligations are probably sufficient. What REALLY IS needed is a law making it illegal for landlords to serve Notice on tenants in retaliation for complaining to their local Council about poor conditions. I actually know of Environmental Health Officers who have inspected private rented properties, confirmed that conditions are bad and that there were powers the Council could use to make the landlord do repairs. The EHO then told the tenants that there would be no protection for them if their landlord were to serve valid Notice on them. In 13 years in government Labour made no attempt to close this loophole which landlords like so much.

  9. @Roger Grenville: “In 13 years in government Labour made no attempt to close this loophole which landlords like so much.”
    That’s true, Roger, but that was the New Labour party; in other words, Red Tories. It’s just possible that the winds of change are blowing once more…

  10. Stephen Ritchie says:

    the 38 degrees vote of no confidence in David Cameron/this government got a quarter of a million votes – over double the amount required – was denied burger house of lords, even to be discussed.

    there is not one shared if democracy in the UK. these slim-faced cretins will put – are putting, structures in place so the when they get voted out, everyone will still be fuct… they are actually putting structures in place right now making standard voting very awkward and misleading.

    I hate to say it (not really) but an uprising is and probably will happen. then the world will see the police state of the UK as they set the army/tools of oppression against their own people

  11. It’s not the landlords job to police how a person live in a house….dispict having bin collecting and dumps they choose to live with there rubbish around them ….Damp houses on the increase mould is that the landlords thought No people choose to dry ther cloths by hanging there wet washing up and don’t open any window …. I think landlords should be given a break or the alternative is these people will put there money in something that’s a lot less hassle ….

  12. David Richard Graham says:

    Had they been councillors, they’d have been legally obliged to declare their interest and leave the chamber; why does this not apply to Members of Parliament?

  13. @ Anonymous all you get from drying cloths is condensation!, Damp comes from the outside,Or are you another Uneducated…

  14. I am sick of this greedy government who allow all theses rules they make up for there own benifit we need a government who cares about the people of this country .

  15. It’s not just damp or rubbish doh it’s the up keep of of of buildings stability electrical safety boilers those are not the fault of tenants but lazy land Lords a who dont want to pay out to keep the home safe not just mess or damp lmao. And I like how your anonymous prob a shit l as landlord yourself by the sounds of it and learn facts on damp before making yourself look uneducated

  16. Over half of these MPs listed are not Tory. There are more Labour than Tory, and a sizeable number of Lib Dems.

  17. As stated above by Roger Grenville yes these laws are needed, because if you complain the landlord simply puts in a notice for the tenant to quit, and nothing can be done about it. So no there are not plenty of laws to cover this, nor protect the tenant.

  18. Love the Conservatives eventually we might bring this country into the 25th Century ! If you think labour could fo better under Kommisar Corbyn be my guest!

  19. I can confirm that every single one of the names listed above is a Tory MP. Ergo no other MP voted the amendment down or they don’t own houses for rent @ more than 10,000gbp per annum, or they abstained.
    On the other hand there could be MPs of any colour who have properties valued at less than £10,000 pa. These are the most likely to be of slum standard. If there are any such houses owned by MPs They need finding and attributing. I would bet my shoes they will be Tories.

  20. Could we have a list of the parties of those who voted against this measure, not just the 72 who are landlords, I would like to know.

  21. Anonymous says:
    January 14, 2016 at 3:39 am
    Over half of these MPs listed are not Tory. There are more Labour than Tory, and a sizeable number of Lib Dems.

    No wonder you call yourself Anonymous. Just like every other Tory you need someone else to do your work. If you Google the 72 names on the list you will find as have I, they are all Tories. Before you spout anymore verbal crap, I suggest you try and do a very un Conservative thing and tell the fucking truth.

  22. Did any of them make a declaration of interest? Surely they should have recused themselves from voting? Do none of these people have any integrity?

  23. What can be done about this? Suggestions anyone ?
    Maybe a start would be to go futher than the publication of the names of the MP’s concerned.
    How about a letter / email / tweet/ social media etc, asking these MP’s their reasons in an attempt to elicit a response from these “people”.
    Would this not put them in an uncomfortable position of attempting to “justify” and thereby disclose their reasons for such a morally repugnant rejection vote ? Would they dare reply ? Embarress them.

    “I don’t live in one of these properties so I don’t care” I’m allright ” Jack” !!??
    What is it then that these MP’s care about ?

  24. Maybe it’s time to alter the swearing in and the parliamentary oath?
    It occurs to me that it’s about an alliegence to the Crown who did not vote these MP’s in. Wouldn’t it be of greater relevance if this oath was ammended to refer their duty and effort, as an MP, to serve those whom they are supposed to represent.

  25. antoinette gregory says:

    Have these properties been bought with taxpayers money ?If so the councils should take them over,collect the rents and make them fit for people to live in.

  26. Symptomatic of privilege used by MP’s to protect their vested interests at the expense of the best interests of the people they ‘represent’. Google et al show how deep the ravines our leaders have accessed to feather their own nests. No money should leave the country unless taxes due have been paid. The free movement of money is not beneficial to justice or fairness.

  27. Not only are they Tories BUT a number of them are senior Tories and Govt Ministers !! Including the last Prime MInister !! What an example they are setting to other Tory MPs AND of course the self serving sheep are following. We live in a banana republic NOT a modern 1St world power.

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