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News from Siân Berry: Protect Londoners as rent rises return

13 July 2018

Sian Berry AM has urged the Mayor to keep pushing for more powers from Government that would benefit private renters. [1] 

New data show that the average rent in London has now hit £1,884 a month, more than two and a half times the UK average. [2]

This follows Sian successfully pressing the Mayor to include controls on rent rises in his final Housing Strategy and getting the London Assembly to agree a motion urging him to push for devolution of more powers over the private sector in London to improve renting conditions across the city. [3], [4] 

Sian Berry says:

The Mayor has promised to look at rent controls at some point, but these new rent rises show that now is the time for action. Too many private renters are being left to the wolves that are rogue landlords. Londoners need the protection of a properly regulated and priced market that people on normal wages can afford.

More and more people in London are renting long-term, not just young people but whole families who need space and security to flourish.

The Mayor has promised a new London Model of tenancy reform and said he would consider measures to stabilise or control rents after this, but renters cannot wait. He should press harder for new powers without delay.

Notes to editors

[1] Sian has tabled question 2018/1782 for the Mayor’s Question Time meeting, 19 July 2018.
Devolution of housing powers 
Sian Berry 
Could you give an update on your lobbying work to win new powers from Government that would benefit private renters in London? 


[3] The final Mayor’s Housing Strategy has a new policy 6.2 C iii. Which says he will be: “considering what rent stabilisation or rent control measures might involve, and how
they could work for London, once the new London Model of private rented sector tenancy reform is complete.”



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