Readers' letters - May 15

Burnham's right: We need to look after housing tenants

Friday, 18th May 2018, 12:40 pm
Updated Friday, 18th May 2018, 12:41 pm
Is there a need for proper regulation of housing? See letter

Isn’t Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham exactly right in calling for urgent introduction of proper regulation of housing?In his area, and elsewhere, most homeless are those evicted by private landlords, even though they might have paid their rent and been model tenants!The fact is that housing here has become problematic by repeated failures of both Conservative and Labour governments over 40 years.Margaret Thatcher’s right-to-buy legislation, coupled with a ban on building new stock, decimated that. The introduction of shorthold assured tenancies took away what little rights private tenants had and now many endure a nomadic lifestyle at the whim of speculators. DS Boyesvia email

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