MP Julian Huppert, who has campaigned for a fairer deal for tenants, has welcomed new rules that give them greater protection against rogue landlords.
The measures, driven by the Liberal Democrats in government will stop the minority of rogue landlords who use the threat of eviction to silence tenants from speaking out against sub-standard and unsafe accommodation.
They are to be included in the Deregulation Bill and will extend the existing restrictions on a landlord’s powers to evict.
Julian, who presented a Bill in the Commons last spring to get a better deal for tenants, said: “We have many tenants renting from private landlords in Cambridge and these new regulations will give them extra protection against retaliatory eviction.
“Tenants should not be intimidated and afraid to speak up against landlords who fail to repair properties for fear of losing their homes. These new rules will put safeguards in place to make sure landlords meet their obligations without being able to evict tenants because they expected a good standard of accommodation.
“We have campaigned hard to give a fairer deal to tenants and these measures are very welcome.”