Another ‘New’ Housing Minister…

As Boris officially becomes Prime Minister, he has appointed two new MP’s as Secretary of State for Housing and Housing Minister.

This was reported on ‘Property Industry Eye’ on 25th July…

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed a new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, and a new housing minister

The little known Robert Jenrick, 37, takes on the senior role, while former TV presenter Esther McVey becomes housing minister.

Jenrick has been an MP since 2014, representing Newark. During the by-election campaign, he was attacked for owning several houses. However, his views on the housing market are not clear.

McVey, 51, takes over from Kit Malthouse. She was previously Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, responsible for Universal Credit, and had junior posts in the Cameron government. Her views on the housing market are also unknown.

Mark Hayward and David Cox, bosses of NAEA and ARLA Propertymarket respectively, said last night: “We welcome Robert Jenrick into his new role as Secretary of State for Housing.

“Over the last 12 months, housing has been high on the political agenda, with James Brokenshire and his team working closely with the industry to regulate the market and helping to release those stuck in a leasehold life sentence.

“We look forward to meeting the new Secretary of State and his team over the coming months and hope the department’s position and policy focus stays on track.

“The previous Government made great strides in trying to fix the broken housing market and last week’s announcement to regulate the industry was a significant moment and a huge leap forward in stamping out bad practice.

“We have long called for Government intervention to ensure everyone in the industry is licensed, adheres to a strict code of practice and holds at least a Level 3 qualification (equivalent to A-level). We look forward to working with the new Government to ensure the work on this continues.”

The rest of the housing line-up has yet to be announced.

A lawyer by background, Jenrick was previously a junior Treasury minister.

He was appointed as Brokenshire announced on Twitter that he is returning to the back benches.

Brokenshire was appointed to the role in April 2018, when he took over from predecessor Sajid Javid, now appointed Chancellor.

Brokenshire, who arguably became better known for the number of ovens in his home, yesterday tweeted: “It has been a huge privilege to serve.”

McVey, meanwhile, will have a job to convince the industry that she will be around for more than a few weeks or months.

Daren Cope, Director at Professional Properties said on the appointments;

“My biggest worry, or my biggest concern, is that this is the 17th Housing Minister in the past 19 years, so to give somebody a tenure of just over a year on average, some have had less than that, some have had more than that, I don’t think it really helps implementing any sort of plans that they’ve got on improving the sector. These two have got the wonderful job of implementing two enormous changes coming up; the licensing of the whole property industry, and the Section 21 changes, the process by which landlords can reclaim their properties from an existing tenant, which are two of the biggest changes to happen for years, so we’ll see what happens there.”