Labour To Force Letting Agent Fee Ban Vote
Labour will attempt to push through a ban on letting agents charging fees to tenants when they rent a property.
The party will force a vote in the Commons next week on an amendment it is tabling to the Consumer Rights Bill that would outlaw the charges.
Party leader Ed Miliband told reporters during a campaign visit to Greater Manchester that Labour would be challenging Conservatives and Liberal Democrats to back the measure.
And shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds said Labour was determined to support "generation rent".
"Across the country, private renters are being hit by the cost-of-living crisis and paying unfair fees to letting agents," she said.
"The next Labour government will pass legislation to ban letting agent fees for tenants and to introduce longer-term tenancies with predictable rents.
"David Cameron and George Osborne are totally out of touch with the cost of living crisis facing the nine million people who rent privately, including 1.3 million families with children.
"The Tories promised to improve private renting but they've turned their back on reform.
"If the Tories and Lib Dems refuse to back Labour's proposals they'll have to explain why they won't stand-up for the nine million people who rent."
During exchanges at this week's Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron suggested he would be be prepared to work with Labour on proposals for longer term tenancy agreements, but said he would not support a move towards old-style rent controls.