HYNDBURN MP Graham Jones wants letting agent fees on tenants banned.

The government voted against Labour’s proposal to ban the fees last week, although Labour has promised to ban them if they win power.

Mr Jones said: “Labour is standing up for private renters who are being hit hard by David Cameron’s cost of living crisis and we will continue to push for letting agent fees on tenants to be banned.

“The average up front fees are £350 but in high demand areas these fees can be much higher.

“There is a housing crisis in this country, as confirmed by this week’s house building statistics, which show we’re building less than half the homes we need to keep up with demand.

“David Cameron has failed to tackle the growing housing shortage which is central to the cost-of-living crisis. Under David Cameron the number of homes built has fallen to the lowest level in peacetime since the 1920s.

“Labour is clear that you can’t deal with the cost-of-living crisis without building more homes. That’s why Labour will deal with the housing crisis head on and has committed to getting 200,000 homes a year built by 2020.”