87 members of parliament are landlords
Some 87 MPs are landlords, as campaign group 38 Degrees implied parliamentarians favour landlords over renters.
38 Degrees said: “The perspectives of those who profit from renting may be more prominent in parliament than those of the tenants who remain at the mercy of this broken system.”
One in five Conservative MPs are landlords, with Chancellor Jeremy Hunt renting out seven flats in Southampton.
Meanwhile home secretary Suella Braverman, Gillian Keegan, the education secretary, and Lucy Frazer, the culture secretary, all declared one rental property in the latest House of Commons members’ register of financial interests.
On the Labour frontbench, landlords include David Lammy, Emily Thornberry and Lucy Powell.
The government is set to finally unveil details of the Renters’ Reform Bill after the King’s speech next week, four years after then-Prime Minister Theresa May announced that Section 21 evictions would be banned.
The move is particularly controversial among landlord groups, who argue the slow and costly process of evicting tenants using Section 8 evictions needs a rethink if we’re getting rid of Section 21.
The bill should also introduce a property portal, require privately rented properties to meet the Decent Homes Standard, as well as establish a new ombudsman to deal with issues around private landlords.
Matthew McGregor , chief executive of 38 Degrees, said: “Whilst we make no inherent criticism of those politicians who make money from renting property, we highlight their extra duty, to their tenants as well as their constituents, to bring forward reform without delay.
“With MPs almost four times more likely to be landlords than the rest of the population, and with eight cabinet members and nearly one in five Conservative MPs earning rental income, we highlight the need for tenants’ voices to be heard at the top of government.”