This is Len Duvall. He’s chair of the London Assembly Housing and Regeneration Committee. Just a week before Christmas, on Tuesday 18 December, he and the rest of the committee members will hold the last meeting of their review of London’s private rented sector. The review is meant to come up with ways of tackling the high rents, poor conditions and insecure tenancies suffered by the majority of private tenants in London. But so far, ordinary private tenants have been given little voice in the process. Given that there’s over 1.5m of us being ripped-off and screwed over, this seems like a bit of an oversight.
With other private tenants groups across the capital, we’ve decided it’s time to make sure the committee get the message that private tenants are fed up, and want real action now to deal with the problems we face.
On the morning of the meeting, we’ll be heading down to City Hall to make our presence felt. More details will be posted here soon, but in the meantime, we’re looking for people to add a message to our Christmas card to Len, to let him know how fed up we are, and demand some real action.
Please use the comment facility below to detail your experience of being a private tenant, or email it (and any pictures to include with it) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let us have it by 16th December so that we can deliver it ahead of the meeting on the 18th. Thanks – and hopefully see you then!