In Hackney we’re committed to supporting private renters and challenging rogue landlords. But we can only use the powers given to us by government – which is why we’ve always pushed for the changes we want to see to make renting in Hackney better.
In recent years the government has agreed to many of our recommendations – banning rogue landlords, publishing a database of rogue landlords, and committing to stopping letting fees for tenants. But much more still needs to be done.
Ending unfair evictions
Most of Hackney’s 32,000 renters are on short fixed-term tenancies – often for just 6 or 12 months – with landlords given the power to evict them at just 2 months’ notice and without giving a reason.
It’s this lack of security that prevents renters from having a safe and stable home, and allows landlords to maximise their rental income if they think they can charge more to somebody else.
It’s also a leading cause of homelessness in Hackney – which is already experiencing increases in rough sleeping and families living in temporary accommodation – as those evicted often have nowhere else to go.
That’s why we’ve campaigned for an end to evictions where the tenant’s not at fault – called Section 21 evictions – right away, working with Generation Rent’s Unfair Evictions campaign.
The government has now agreed with the campaign and has pledged to consult on new legislation that would ban Section 21 evictions. We’ll continue to ensure this commitment is delivered without delay and without being watered down by legal loopholes.
This is the one core change that could transform renting overnight. But it’s part of a package of measures that we think could make renting in Hackney better.