The London Assembly today (July 24th) called on Mayor Boris Johnson to bring in measures to reform London’s private rented sector. The motion reaffirms the Assembly’s desire that the Mayor accepts the recommendations in the Assembly’s report Rent Reforms and lobbies Government for a new settlement for tenants and landlords.
The motion also supports the demands made by Let Down – a campaign organised by a coalition of private tenants groups from across London – calling for a better deal for tenants, including bringing down rents and ending fees for tenants
Darren Johnson who proposed the motion, said: “Private rents in London rose nine per cent last year while wages only increased by two per cent putting a whole sector of the housing market increasingly beyond the reach of poorer workers.
“We are calling on the Mayor and Government to reform the sector for the benefit of tenants and responsible landlords by accepting our recommendations for improving renting in the capital. This rent reform package – including rent stabilisation, registration of all landlords and ensuring longer more-secure tenancies are in place – is needed to ensure those renting in London are not victim to unfair rent rises and evictions.”
The full text of the motion agreed at the meeting reads as follows:
“This Assembly notes the housing committee’s recent report, Rent Reform: making London’s private rented sector fit for purpose, which found evidence of significant problems with London’s private rented housing, and reaffirms its desire that the Mayor accepts the recommendations and lobbies Government for a new settlement for tenants and landlords.
Further to the report, the Assembly supports the demands made by the Let Down campaign, namely:
• An end to fees for tenants, bringing English policy in line with Scotland
• Proper regulation of letting agents
• No discrimination by landlords, letting agents, mortgage lenders and insurers that disadvantages people on housing benefit
• Action to bring down rents and keep them under control
• Longer secure tenancies for all tenants
This Assembly calls on the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to implement these reforms, and on the Mayor of London to incorporate these policies into his forthcoming Housing Strategy and his London Rental Standard.”
The motion was passed by 13 votes in favour to five votes against at a meeting of the full Assembly today.
Rent Reforms, published in June 2013, called for a tough package of changes to the capital’s rental market, including rent stabilisation, enforcing landlord registration and issuing longer tenancies. (Source: London Assembly press release).