The MP behind a Private Members Bill now being supported by the Government that could pave the way for legislation that lets tenants sue their landlords is to hold a live Facebook discussion this week, which invites horror stories about poor housing.
The invitation comes ahead of a second reading of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill, due to be discussed in Parliament on Friday this week.
Buck has set up a Facebook page called “Tell us your story of being a tenant”.
On it, she asks: “Have you had experience of living in a rented property with damp & mould, excessive cold, fire risks or overcrowding? Do you want to see the quality of all rented accommodation in the UK improved and standardised?”
“Comment with your views and stories and Karen will be joining the discussion live on Thursday, January 18, 1 – 2pm.”
Participants will have to use their names and be prepared for it to be mentioned in the Commons debate.
Buck has tried to introduce her Private Members Bill, which seeks to amend the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 to require that residential rented accommodation is provided and maintained in a state of fitness for human habitation, several times before without success.
But after Secretary of State for Housing Sajid Javid announced at the weekend that the Government would be supporting it, there is now a better chance of it passing into law.
At least 100 MPs will need to show up to the second reading on Friday and a majority of those will need to vote in favour in order for the Bill to continue on its journey through the legislative process.
Even if the required number of MPs don’t show up and the Bill fails, the Government could still pick up the proposals and insert them into another Bill at a later stage.