§ Mr. Boateng
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if the Government have any plans to legislate for (a) the right for a council tenant to have her home renovated to modern standards, (b) the right for a private tenant to have his home renovated to modern standards, (c) the right for a private or housing association tenant to transfer to a local authority or (d) the right for a council tenant who has chosen to transfer to a private landlord to transfer back to the local authority.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
Every landlord, public or private, has a duty under section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act138W 1985 to keep dwellings in repair and this duty is enforceable in the courts. All dwellings must be kept up to a minimum standard under public health legislation. In addition, secure tenants under the Housing Act 1985 have a right to repair and, if they obtain their landlord's consent, can carry out improvements and be reimbursed their costs. We have no plans to legislate to alter these rights and duties. We do not intend to legislate as in (c) and (d).