MP calls for end to 'feudal' landlord laws
A Labour & Co-operative Party MP will this week call on the government to create a new form of co-operative housing tenure and end ‘feudal’ land ownership laws.
Jonathan Reynolds MP will introduce a private members bill on Tuesday under the 10 minute rule, seeking to enshrine in law the right of occupation through housing co-operative membership, rather than through the grant of tenancy by a landlord.
The bill claims that current legislation assumes that there is an inherent conflict of interest between the rights of tenants and landlords, but does not take into account housing co-operatives, where properties are owned jointly by members.
Current law, it says, creates practical difficulties for housing co-operatives as they operate under unwieldy landlord and tenant law and hinder the freedom of co-operatives to determine democratically issues such as repair and maintenance obligations.
The bill has received the support of a number of prominent backbench Labour MPs, including former foreign secretary David Miliband.
The Welsh government is already working with the Co-operative Party to develop legislation for the mutual housing sector.
Welsh Labour & Co-op housing minister, Huw Lewis AM, said: ‘I welcome the work Jonathan is doing in Westminster on co-operative housing and I recognise that co-operative housing provides one of the solutions we need to address the housing shortage.
‘That is why I will shortly be bringing forward legislation which will ensure co-operative housing plays a new role in Wales.’