As Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn focused his attacks on the Prime Minister over housing costs, Mrs May took him to task over his anti-private landlord stance.
In the first Prime Minister’s Questions since the summer recess, Mr Corbyn said home-ownership was just a “dream” for many people and that housing benefit was being paid to landlords renting out “unsafe homes”.
But Mrs May retorted that tough measures were in place, including money for councils to carry out more inspections.
Mr Corbyn warned that “devastating” refuge closures were the result when payments are capped at the same level as in the private rented sector, but the PM told the House of Commons that the government was “working on exempting refuges from the cap”. “We are listening to these problems and we are responding to them,” she said.
Ignoring the Tory confusion over the EU negotiations with his questions, Mr Corbyn chose instead to focus on housing, stating that house-building had fallen under the Tories, and that council houses sold off were not being replaced.
The PM refuted this, saying that Mr Corbyn wanted a society where there were no private landlords and with a government “owning everything”.
Mrs May said that Mr Corbyn has “an ideological objection” to housing in the private rented sector, but said her Government is providing a “multitude of opportunities for people to get the housing they need”.
Mrs May went on: “We want opportunity for everyone,” and she said that this was the “big difference between him and me”.
— LandlordZONE (@LandlordZONE) September 9, 2016