Why housing charities should demand more from the Government
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Why housing charities should demand more from the Government

By Let Down (a campaign led by London Renters) Today Shelter is hosting an event called “Ways to improve the experiences of homeless families and individuals placed in the private rented sector”. Yet Shelter’s own research tells us about how the private rented sector (PRS) is systematically failing families. We applaud the work charities like Shelter … Continue reading

Should Hackney Council regulate landlords?
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Should Hackney Council regulate landlords?

Should Hackney Council regulate landlords like in Newham? This is the question being put to you, residents of Hackney, by the Hackney Council Scrutiny Commission. Click here to respond to the public consultation on landlord licensing. Digs submitted evidence and views to the consultation, based on our experiences as a group of private renters supporting … Continue reading

The minority report: a Tory translation guide
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The minority report: a Tory translation guide

By Christine Haigh So opposed were the Conservative members of the London Assembly’s Housing and Regeneration Committee to the modest recommendations of the committee’s recent report on ways of improving London’s dysfunctional private rented housing sector, they published their own report to explain why they refused to support them. This handy guide helps you understand … Continue reading

House of Lords and professional bodies agree: Regulate lettings agents!
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House of Lords and professional bodies agree: Regulate lettings agents!

On 6 March, Baroness Dianne Hayter of Kentish Town successfully tabled an amendment in the House of Lords to bring letting and management agents within the scope of the 1979 Estate Agents Act. Passed by a narrow margin – 211 votes to 206 – Lords Amendment 40 to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill will now return to the House … Continue reading

London Authority hear overwhelming evidence in favour of housing reform
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London Authority hear overwhelming evidence in favour of housing reform

Against the backdrop of spiralling rents and staggering evidence that life for London renters is unremittingly grim, the Greater London Authority (GLA) launched their inquiry into the private rented sector. And coalition of London housing groups, recently formed to campaign for private tenants were not going to miss this opportunity to make their voices heard. … Continue reading