The party said their proposals were designed to protect the thousands of families who, under the current system, could be forced to scrabble around for housing with little notice.
The measures include:
* Immediately implementing an increased notice period (five to seven weeks) for any court repossession hearing;
* Working with lenders to consider allowing tenants to remain in the repossessed property under licence pending sale;
* Encouraging courts and lenders to allow tenants to be heard at repossession hearings;
* Asking lenders to consider extending the notice period between a repossession order being made and eviction.
Shadow Housing Minister Grant Shapps said: "With 10,000 rented properties potentially facing repossession, the resulting upheaval in tenants’ lives could be devastating for families across the country. It’s clear that tenants are the forgotten victims of repossessions.
"Today we’re calling for the Government to take up our proposals and help protect hard-working families from suddenly discovering that the roof is about to be taken away from above their heads."
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