I am 27 years old and still living at home. I thought by now that I would be independent and living on my own in Brighton, the brilliant vibrant city I live and work in.
Unfortunately this is not the case. Rent has risen so high in the city that a one bed flat in the area can go from £650-£750 a month. Often the property is of poor quality and little more than a studio. Factor in agency fees and council tax and an average wage can not cover this.
This is happening all over the country. People are being priced out of areas they have grown up and work in.
So I have started a petition to ask the government to cap private rents. We need to Impose rent controls and restrictions on private landlords, including minimum quality standards as they do in Sweden and across Europe.
It is the taxpayer who is subsidising artificially low mortgages and paying fortunes to private landlords in housing benefits to make up the shortfall in what people can afford to pay.
It is essential that the government implement rent caps in the private sector. Average earners have to face such inflated rents they are unable to save money to put down a deposit for a home. Lowering and capping rents would enable people to save for a mortgage or allow a more disposable income to inject into our failing enconomy. Please sign my petition by clicking here.