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Labour's Stella Creasy talks of 'repercussions'Labour's controversial candidate for Walthamstow a lot of tenants and owners who speak out about housing worry about repurcussions from landlords, agents or others.

On her website Stella Creasy - former Labour MP for the constituency and campaigning to retain it on May 7, asks local people to submit their experiences.

While I was MP for Walthamstow housing, along with health was, was the issue that people raised with me the most. I know a lot of people worry about repercussions from landlords, agents or others which is why I supported the E17 Housing Action Group when they created good and bad practice awards for Walthamstow. We are stronger when we tackle these problems together but we need people's experiences so we know the size and scale of the challenges we face she writes.

Creasy, who was Labour's consumer affairs spokesperson for much of the last parliament, has made a name for herself with a range of attacks on estate agents' practices such as charging sellers and buyers when homes are sold via a system of competitive bids and so-called introductory fees', and in recent months has been particularly critical of letting agents and their charges.

Her website carries the now-familiar Labour policies for the election including rent caps, longer tenancies and an end to what the party describes as unfair agents' fees.

But she adds to this with a request for people to join a local campaign in the area which will involve mystery shopping of local letting agents and property management companies.


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    Bloody woman! She is speaking of her LOCAL area where she has experience. She obviously has no experience of the PRS countrywide as if she did then she would know that it differs from agent to agent, town to town and county to county! Typical politician with eyes focused on "the square mile" and not the bigger picture.

    • 20 April 2015 09:03 AM