Demanded action to tackle homelessness

  • I voted in favour of declaring a housing emergency; I have spoken in favour of repealing the Vagrancy Act that criminalises homelessness; and I am a patron of Spires - a charity which provides emergency food and shelter to homeless people.

Voted to strengthen tenants’ rights

I voted in favour of making renting fairer and more affordable for tenants; improving transparency and competition in the private rental market; and I have supported a ban on letting fees and giving secure tenancies to victims of domestic abuse.

Campaigned for better homes

I have pressured both the Council and private housing providers to ensure cladding and fire safety checks were performed to make housing safe.

Supported secure tenancies

In January 2016, I voted to retain secure tenancies for life.

In May 2018, I voted to ensure that victims of domestic violence were guaranteed long-term, secure housing contracts to allow them to escape abuse.

 


Chuka Umunna voted to retain secure tenancies for life in the Housing and Planning Bill. https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2016-01-12/division/16011280002776/HousingAndPlanningBill?outputType=Names

Chuka Umnna voted in favour of giving secure tenancies to victims of domestic abuse. https://commonsvotes.digiminster.com/Divisions/Details/416

Stood up for tenants

In September 2016, I voted to cap deposits at a maximum of six weeks rent.

In January 2019, I voted to ban letting fees and in favour of measures to make renting costs more transparent and affordable.

 


Chuka Umunna voted to cap deposits at the equivalent of six weeks rent. https://commonsvotes.digiminster.com/Divisions/Details/502

Chuka Umunna supported amendments to the Tenant Fees Bill to ban letting fees paid by tenants. https://commonsvotes.digiminster.com/Divisions/Details/573

Voted to declare a housing emergency

In December 2016, I voted to declare a housing emergency due to the sheer number of people sleeping rough, and the heartbreaking fact that over 120,000 children across the UK were expected to be homeless over Christmas. 

 


Chuka Umunna voted in favour of the Government declaring a housing emergency in the Opposition Motion on Homelessness. https://commonsvotes.digiminster.com/Divisions/Details/179

Spoke out on making homes fit for habitation

In October 2018, I spoke in favour of the Homes (Fitness for Habitation) Act that ensured that rented houses and flats are fit for human habitation. 

 


Chuka Umunna spoke in the third reading of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill 2018. https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2018-10-26/debates/80F69C9B-FF8C-4984-AAD3-AEF7865CE1B2/Homes(FitnessForHabitation)Bill#debate-3616806

Supported repealing the Vagrancy Act

In October 2019, I spoke in favour of repealing the archaic Vagrancy Act that is used to criminalise rough sleeping and called on the Government to give homeless people the support they need. 

 


Chuka Umunna spoke in favour of repealing the Vagrancy Act as a way of criminalising homelessness. https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2019-10-01/debates/83175E63-0CD3-4C57-A3CA-7CBF88CE3B71/DeathsOfHomelessPeople



Took action on homelessness

In March 2017, I volunteered at a soup kitchen to raise awareness on the issue of homelessness, and arranged donations to local food banks. I am also a patron of the Spires - a charity which provides emergency food and shelter to the homeless in Streatham.

Campaigned for better homes

I've helped thousands of constituents to find safe, suitable accommodation for them and their families; I am a patron of the High Trees Community Development Trust which seeks to empower local people to regenerate and improve their local community; and I have regularly carried out estate walkabouts, working closely with Tenant and Residents’ Associations.