This morning we headed down to London’s City Hall with members of Haringey Housing Action Group, Digs and Brent Private Tenants Rights Group to demand decent, secure and affordable housing for London’s renters.
We arrived ahead of the final meeting of the London Assembly housing committee’s review of the private rented sector, where tenants’ voices have been few and far between, to make sure they got the message that private tenants are sick of being ripped off, paying extortionnate rents for poor quality, insecure housing.
After a good protest and housing-themed carol-singing, we headed in to the meeting to deliver a scrapbook of Christmas messages from private tenants to the chair of the committee.
While the conclusion of the meeting was a long way from a commitment to the changes we need – including greater responsibilities for landlords, controls on spiralling rents, and an end to letting agent fees like in Scotland, it seems like momentum is gathering and our message is starting to be heard. See you on the streets!