Call on the Mayor of London to make private renting affordable
The London Mayor has been setting out his plans for tackling the housing crisis. But the London Living Rent will only help a few - high rents are pushing people out of London and making life harder for those left behind.
Generation Rent’s policy document, ‘London’s Turning: Towards a sustainable private rented sector under the new Mayor’, outlines the scale of action needed to properly reform the private rented sector and asks the Mayor to take forward these policies imminently.
In London, over two million private renters continue to live under threat of ongoing rent increases, sudden evictions and poor standards. This includes some of the poorest residents in the city, but also families looking to maintain their roots in the city and first-time buyers desperate to save for a mortgage.
Excessive housing costs affect everyone from young professionals desperate to buy a home to families threatened with homelessness. Yet the most obvious solution – and one adopted across the world from New York to Berlin – of rent controls, has yet to be properly considered in London politics.
Please use the template below to write to Sadiq Khan, asking that he starts a full-scale investigation into different forms of rent control to support private renters. Feel free to include details of your own situation if you think this would help make the point.