Welsh Government’s Housing Bill will deliver for students, says AM

Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd, Ann Jones, has hailed the Welsh Labour Government’s new Housing Bill which aims to improve conditions for students living in the private rental sector.

Students across Wales have been subject to living in substandard accommodation and have often found themselves victims to exploitative and unscrupulous landlords, according to research by NUS Wales. The NUS has recently issued a statement supporting the new Housing Bill and commends the Welsh Labour Government’s new landlord registration scheme and strengthened powers for local authorities to protect tenants who complain about shoddy conditions.

Mrs Jones said: “The measures contained in the Welsh Government’s Housing Bill will raise accommodation standards across Wales for students. Many students are not able to live in halls of residence, especially after their first year, and for far too long they have been subject to appalling conditions. Landlords need to step up and realise they have a duty of care to their student tenants and the new Bill will strengthen the law and drive up standards.

“It is not only students that will benefit from the new Bill, many of my constituents who have been subject to poor conditions will also benefit from this clamp-down on dodgy landlords.

“I’m thrilled that the Minister, Carl Sargeant, has done such a good job at bringing forward this Bill. He has really listened to the concerns of people across Wales and the endorsement from NUS Wales is further evidence of the outstanding work being done by the Minister. The Minister has set out an ambitious and sector leading package of housing reforms which will transform the lives of people across Wales.

“Students deserve the same treatment as non-student tenants and protection for them is non-negotiable and the Welsh Labour Government is determined to drive through reforms to ensure that students live in suitable, sustainable and safe homes”.

Mrs Jones has tabled a statement of opinion supporting the new proposals and is encouraging fellow AMs to join with her and state their support for students in the private rental sector.