Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey has pledged that the next Labour Government will protect private renters in England from eviction with new ‘indefinite’ tenancies, based on rules currently in place in Germany.
change would revolutionise the private rental market. German tenancies last, on
average, 11 years, compared to around 4 years in England. The German system is
also widely seen to act as a brake on rent increases. Tenants themselves are
still be able to choose to leave the property after a period of notice.
the German system, tenancies are effectively open-ended with a tenant only able
to be evicted on tightly defined grounds, for example if they don’t pay the
rent or commit criminal behaviour in the property.
The Party has previously set out
additional measures for controls on rents and tougher standards which will sit
alongside this new proposal.