According to Parliament’s register of interests, Richard Drax was one 72 MPs who voted against the amendment who themselves are landlords and who derive an income over £10000 from a property. He was one of 312 Conservative MP’s who voted against a Labour amendment.Teresa Pearce, the then shadow housing minister who proposed the amendment, said renters lacked “basic consumer protection” when things went wrong.
In the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy this has become much more pertinent and we now await what the investigation finds. Most landlords are of course quick to respond to tenant needs but they are not legally obliged to ensure that habitation is of a certain standard. This therefore enables some landlords to take advantage and leaves many tenants in distress trying to fight for better living spaces.
Mr Drax and and his party, including other Conservative MP’s in Dorset, are not only letting tenants down but could be at least in part responsible for this tragedy. By having strict laws in place landlords would be obligated with the threat of heavy fines or even imprisonment if they do not comply.
We await with interest whether the landlord at Grenfell negated their responsibilities and whether a statute could have prevented it.
The 72 MP’s who are landlords (earning over £10000):
According to Parliament’s register of interests, the 72 MPs who are registered as deriving income from property of over £10,000 a year and who voted against the law are:
Simon Kirby (teller)
Anne Marie Morris
Sarah Newton (teller)