Private renters have long been at the forefront of Hackney’s housing crisis – subjected to a badly regulated sector which allows poor conditions, mistreatment from landlords, unstable tenancies and extortionate rents.
In Hackney, we’re committed to supporting private renters and challenging rogue landlords. That’s why we’ve pushed for the changes we want to see to make renting in Hackney better – such as a database of rogue landlords, stopping letting fees for tenants and ending Section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions – and introducing our own measures like licences for landlords and living rent homes for renters.
But the coronavirus crisis has only exacerbated the lack of protection for private renters. Lockdown took a particular toll on people living in smaller or shared accommodation, and the wider financial impact of the pandemic is shining a light on the lack of security private renters have.
That’s why we’re there to support private renters struggling as a result of the coronavirus crisis and continuing to strive for #BetterRenting in Hackney.
Help for private renters
As well as providing direct support here and now, as we move on from the height of the pandemic we’re committed to rebuilding a better Hackney – which is why we’ve always pushed for the changes we want to see to make renting in Hackney better.
We’re campaigning for:
As we can only use the powers given to us by the government, we’re also calling on landlords to work with the Council and Hackney’s private renters to help create a fairer system.
Here are 3 ways landlords can help: