Sian looking at estate agents
Sian Berry AM at letting agents

News from Sian Berry: Launch of the Big Renters Survey to hear from private tenants

12 July 2016

Today, Green London Assembly Member, Sian Berry, is launching a survey to find out more about the problems faced by London’s 2.3 million private renters.[1]

The short survey asks about problems with costs, contracts and letting agents, maintenance and repairs and how renters think a union of tenants working together could help improve their rights and situation.

Sian Berry says:

“As a private renter, like 2.3 million other Londoners, I know that the insecurity, cost and lack of control over your living arrangements can take its toll. My flat’s toilet is never properly fixed by my landlord and has just broken again. I’ve shelled out more than half my pay in rent and lived in six different houses and flats since I moved to London.

“Today I’m launching a new survey to collect evidence, views and stories on the crisis in London’s private renting market, and how working together could help individuals fight their corner and improve rights for renters across the city.

“If you are – or have ever been – a private renter in London, please take three minutes to fill in my Big Renters Survey today. Tell me about your repair nightmares, how you’ve been treated by landlords and letting agents, and how you think a renters union could help.

“Share the survey with your friends and help me get the widest range of views to push the Mayor and the Government for better rights and better support for private renters like you and me.”

Earlier this year, Sian asked the Mayor to consider the lower wages paid to women and the higher living costs paid by families when calculating his new ‘living rent’.[2] She has also exposed how the cost of rent exceeds 50% of the take-home pay of the average police constable, an issue helping to force more than half of officers to live outside London altogether.[3]

Notes to editors

Sian Berry was elected as a Green member of the London Assembly in May 2016. She has been a councillor for Highgate ward in Camden since 2014.

1. https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/sian_berry_renter_survey_r...

2. Questions to the Mayor on a living rent: http://questions.london.gov.uk/QuestionSearch/searchclient/questions/que...

3. Sian’s report on police housing: Where do our borough police live? June 2016: https://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/london-assembly/assembly-members/publ...