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Landlords, Issue 1626

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HOUSE MASTER: Jacob Rees-Mogg is not too shy to speak out on behalf of fellow landlords
UNDER pressure from some landlord Tory MPs, in March the government watered down its Renters (Reform) Bill, originally designed to improve renters' rights, by delaying a ban on "no-fault" Section 21 evictions. With the election called at short notice, the legislation has now been shelved (see last Eye).

One backbencher concerned by the plans was Jacob Rees-Mogg. "The bill is a socialist error," Rees-Mogg declared on his GB News show back in February, before pontificating on the merits of allowing no-fault evictions.

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A freedom of information request submitted by the Eye now reveals that earlier in the year, Rees-Mogg lobbied housing secretary Michael Gove over the proposed reforms.

On 5 January, he wrote to Gove thundering that "it is likely... many landlords will leave the profession as a result of this bill", making "life much worse for renters".

He enclosed a note from a constituent "regarding her concerns" about the bill and urging that "serious consideration" be given to addressing her points.

Coincidentally Rees-Mogg is himself a landlord, receiving rental income from a residential property in London as well as from farm buildings and land in Somerset, according to the register of members' interests.

As the Moggster noted at the end of his message to Gove: "Whilst writing this letter I must declare my interest as a landlord." So that's all right then.

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