Labour has promised a “client rights revolution” for renters in England if it wins the overall election, with the introduction of recent authorized requirements for rented houses.
Landlords who fail to fulfill the “harder” minimal requirements would face fines of as much as £100,000, Labour mentioned.
The proposals embody necessities for secure wiring and home equipment, freedom from damp and normal good restore.
However the Conservatives mentioned the plan might improve individuals’s hire.
Shadow housing secretary John Healey mentioned the proposals would empower renters to “name time on unhealthy landlords” by setting requirements to make sure houses had been “match for human habitation”.
The celebration would additionally introduce new powers for councils to license landlords and effective those that break the foundations.
It cited the instance of Labour-run Newham Council in east London, the place landlords pay £150 per property for a five-year licence and are fined as much as £20,000 in the event that they fail to take action.
Mr Healey mentioned: “Our houses are on the centre of our lives, however in the intervening time renters too typically do not have fundamental client rights that we take without any consideration in different areas.
“In observe, you could have fewer rights renting a household dwelling than you do shopping for a fridge-freezer.
“In consequence, too many are pressured to place up with unacceptable, unfit and downright harmful housing.”
Labour mentioned its personal evaluation, based mostly on the 2014 English Housing Survey, confirmed that tenants in England had been spending £800m a month – or £9.6bn a 12 months – on houses the federal government courses as “non-decent”.
A couple of quarter of this, £2.3bn a 12 months, was paid by housing profit, the celebration mentioned.
Mr Healey mentioned the introduction of “correct minimal requirements” would put renters “again in management”.
“Most landlords present respectable houses that tenants are pleased with, however these rogue landlords are ripping off each renters and the taxpayer by making billions from hire and housing profit letting out sub-standard houses,” he mentioned.
“After seven years of failure the Conservatives don’t have any plan to repair the housing disaster.”
However Tory housing minister Gavin Barwell mentioned licensing landlords would quantity to a “tenants’ tax”, as the price of the licences can be handed on in larger hire.
Mr Barwell mentioned: “That is simply one other misjudged and nonsensical Jeremy Corbyn concept: a city corridor ‘tenants’ tax’ that might hit each tenant within the pocket with larger rents.
“We wish to assist individuals have good high quality housing, which is why now we have taken focused motion in opposition to the small minority of rogue landlords, with out hitting each single dwelling with costly municipal pink tape that may pressure up prices and scale back provide.”