Canlyniadau 41–60 o 4313 ar gyfer speaker:Sarah Teather

Written Answers — Home Office: Detention Centres (15 Rha 2014)

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average cost of transferring a person between immigration removal centres is.

Written Answers — Attorney General: Legal Costs (15 Rha 2014)

Sarah Teather: To ask the Attorney General, how much has been paid by the Treasury Solicitor's Department in legal costs relating to the case of the Public Law Project v. The Secretary of State for Justice ([2014] EWHC 2365 (Admin)).

Resettlement of Vulnerable Syrian Refugees (10 Rha 2014)

Sarah Teather: I have visited both Lebanon and Jordan to see projects supporting Syrian refugees, as outlined in my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. In talking about numbers, it is worth noting—on a day when the Prime Minister is in Turkey—that Turkey has received more Syrians fleeing the war in the past three days than the number resident in the whole of Europe altogether. Will...

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigrants: Detainees ( 1 Rha 2014)

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much compensation her Department has paid for unlawfully detaining individuals under immigration powers in each of the last five years.

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bil (28 Tach 2014)

Sarah Teather: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. I want to begin by telling the story of one of my constituents. I do not want to give her real name, so I am going to call her Jo. She and her partner had a pretty horrendous year last year and, in spite of the best efforts of our local citizens advice bureau in Brent, it all went from bad to worse. Jo was living in a studio flat with...

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bil (28 Tach 2014)

Sarah Teather: The hon. Lady is correct to say that there is a power imbalance. I will talk more about this later, but I do not want to skew the power wholly in favour of the tenant either. This has to be about fairness; both landlord and tenant have to be treated well. The landlord needs to know that they can let their property without being exploited by the tenant, and the tenant needs to know that they...

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bil (28 Tach 2014)

Sarah Teather: I agree with the hon. Gentleman. The good landlords are desperate to see the system improve, because they feel that the present situation is damaging their reputation. They do not want rogue landlords in the system; they want them to leave the playing field open to people who are decent and who uphold the law.

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bil (28 Tach 2014)

Sarah Teather: I am going to try to avoid getting into the wider issues today, partly because I am keen to ensure that we have consensus on the narrow points in my Bill. However, the hon. Gentleman has had this opportunity to make his point and it will appear in Hansard. Also, the Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, my hon. Friend the Member for Bristol West (Stephen Williams) is...

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bil (28 Tach 2014)

Sarah Teather: I have been assured that the Bill has Government support. Unfortunately, each person in the House will have to follow their own conscience—[Interruption.] I shall leave their consciences pricked and hope that they do the right thing. I have heard about many cases such as Jo’s over the years in Brent, and about many others, where fear of eviction has prevented someone from complaining to a...

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bil (28 Tach 2014)

Sarah Teather: I absolutely agree with my right hon. Friend about that. The fear of eviction has a chilling impact on the sector, and it also hugely damages the reputation of good landlords and the relationship between tenants and their landlords.

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bil (28 Tach 2014)

Sarah Teather: That can be extremely frustrating, both for MPs and for those in local councils and in citizens advice bureaux, who may see the same problem in the same property over and over again. I want to place on the record my thanks to the citizens advice bureaux in Brent, which have campaigned on this issue for a long time, and to Generation Rent, which has been very supportive. I also wish to pay...

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bil (28 Tach 2014)

Sarah Teather: Absolutely; the Bill has been carefully drafted to make sure that spurious complaints cannot be a reason to frustrate the eviction process. In addition to the clauses relating to retaliatory eviction, the Bill contains other clauses about simplifying the process for applying for a section 21 notice to make it easier for landlords who are operating entirely legitimately to make sure that they...

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bil (28 Tach 2014)

Sarah Teather: I am inclined to say that the hon. Gentleman has made his point and move on. I want to stress that the Bill is not an outright attack on section 21. Members of the House will have very different and varied views on the future of section 21. Some will think that it should be touched as little as possible, and others will want to reform it significantly or even get rid of no-fault notices. The...

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bil (28 Tach 2014)

Sarah Teather: The problem for environmental health officers—I was going to make this point later—is that, as many of them told Citizens Advice for a report in 2007, they know that the consequence of intervening is often that the tenant is evicted. That prevents councils from making full use of the powers available to them. There really is no point having legislation that gives councils powers to...

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bil (28 Tach 2014)

Sarah Teather: That is a perfectly fair point. Good landlords who make the necessary repairs get very frustrated when rogue landlords who treat their tenants extremely badly undercut them on rent. Before talking about the context of the Bill, I want to thank the many colleagues on both sides of the House who have sponsored the Bill, spoken in favour of it and lobbied the Government to ask them to support...

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bil (28 Tach 2014)

Sarah Teather: The problem with retaliatory eviction at the moment is that the people who are most likely to fall victim to it are those who have the least agency in being able to help themselves. That relates to my next point, which is on the extent of the problem—how wide it is and who appears to be affected by it. YouGov conducted a survey on behalf of Shelter and British Gas, surveying 4,500 private...

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bil (28 Tach 2014)

Sarah Teather: There are certainly restrictions on the use of section 21 notices if landlords are not compliant with the tenancy deposit scheme. This is about extending the law by making a similar provision so that a landlord cannot leave their property in a terrible state of disrepair and then, when their tenant tries to get some joy out of them in getting them to repair it, they retaliate by evicting the...

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bil (28 Tach 2014)

Sarah Teather: In most cases, if an enforcement notice is in place, the accelerated process of eviction would be quashed prior to going to court. However, there will be cases where it is right and proper that the landlord is able to defend themselves. This is about fairness. There is a balance to be struck in how we structure this. I do not want to skew everything in favour of the tenant so that the...

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bil (28 Tach 2014)

Sarah Teather: What is the situation in my hon. Friend’s constituency? I was struck by the words of the environmental health officers quoted in the 2007 Citizens Advice report and by how aware they were that almost every case in which they intervened resulted in the tenant being evicted. That makes my council quite nervous about using the full force of its powers.

Prayers (28 Tach 2014)

Sarah Teather: I beg to move, That the House sit in private.


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