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Andrew backed in Commons a bill to end retaliatory eviction

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The Bill, which Andrew co-sponsored, aims to prevent landlords from issuing eviction notices to renters after being ordered to make improvements to their properties by a local authority. Unfortunately, too few MPs turned up to stop two Conservative MPs talking out the Bill, meaning that it failed to pass its second reading.

The housing charity Shelter has produced research which shows that over 60,000 families across the UK were threatened with eviction for complaining about the conditions of their homes in 2013. In the South-East, 1 in 7 adults avoided asking their landlord to fix a problem or improve conditions in their home in the last year because they were scared of eviction. Across Oxford in particular, where there is one of the highest levels of private renting in the country, the problem also exists.

Andrew said, "Too many Oxford residents have to choose between keeping their home and living in decent conditions. I put my name to this Bill because it is a step forward for tenants' security."

Andrew continued, "It is also sensible and committed to protecting good landlords from spurious complaints. It will only impact good landlords positively. It will encourage responsible tenants to report repair work to their landlord, who can then respond swiftly and stop their properties from falling into long term disrepair."

"The battle goes on. If a handful of Tory MPs persist in blocking the bill", Andrew said, "I will do all I can to make sure these much-needed measures area brought in by a Labour government if we win the election."

Andrew co-wrote a blog post about the revenge evictions bill for Shelter, which you can read here: http://goo.gl/iew90Y

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