Housing minister accused of being soft on rogue landlords is married to a landlord himself

Is he going to support tenants' rights against his wife's interests?

The housing minister Robert Jenrick, who has been accused of pursuing pro-landlord policies at the expense of tenants, is married to a landlord.

Jenrick’s wife Michal Berkner “is a mergers and acquisitions lawyer and owns a residential property which is rented out”, according to new government data.

Since his appointment in July 2019, Jenrick has been accused of favouring landlords. For example, by opposing Labour’s rent control proposals, by failing to force landlords to allow pets in their rental properties and by only allocating £4m to a fund to tackle bad landlords across the whole of England..

The proportion of landlords in parliament, particularly in the Conservative Party, is much higher than in the country as a whole.

Before the last election, Channel 4 analysis revealed that 28% of Tory MPs were landlords. This compared to 25% of Lib Dem MPs, 11% of Labour MPs and 9% of SNP MPs.

In 2016, 72 landlords were among the MPs who voted against an amendment which would have given private landlords a duty to make their properties “fit for human habitation”.

Jenrick was not included in this because he is not himself a landlord. We only know his wife is because he is a minister and his wife’s interests are declare in ministerial interests. The number of MPs married to landlords is unknown.

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9 Responses to “Housing minister accused of being soft on rogue landlords is married to a landlord himself”

  1. Alice Aforethought

    “Jenrick has been accused ”

    Who by, you? Pffffffft. Tom Watson accused his political enemies of being paedophiles.

  2. Patrick Newman

    AA I am pretty sure he did not so potentially your comment is defamation – watchout!

  3. Patrick Newman

    Surely with so many Tories in the property-owning rentier class of which most are landlords does anyone reading this site actually believe the Tories will repeal Section 21 of the 1988 Housing Act which gives landlords the power to evict tenants for any reason they can think of. Either it will be kicked into the long grass (a commission set up to look at the issues) or it will be replaced by a re-worded section that achieves the same end through a more subtle process.

  4. john zims

    We now have a public list of rogue landlords – good.

    But no public list of rogue tenants – bad.

  5. Patrick Newman

    John, where can I find this list?

  6. john zims

    Patrick Newman

    Google rogue landlord list or contact your local council.

  7. Michael McManus

    There are plenty of MPs of all parties who are landlords – including some lefties.
    Osborne made life harder for all landlords with his finance bill so there’s an opening for Labour to adopt a positive policy while many are trying to sell up.
    Councils could offer to take over portfolios, manage the lettings and pay owners an income. Some universities have already done this.
    Alternatively, councils could be empowered to buy out landlords (ones with a dozen or more houses say) in a market situation (say more restrictive legislation and tax attacks on the way) for the councils.

  8. Patrick Newman

    Mr Zims, I did and I could not find a single landlord – are you taking the piss?

  9. Labour's Filthy Hospitals

    Just stopping by to say it’s four weeks since I woke up with a splitting headache and a huge happy grin. The headache’s gone but the grin’s still there.

    Lefties and Remoaners, I frolic in your salty tears.

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