Tom Copley AM: Mr Mayor, I wanted to ask you about what your budget will do for the quarter of Londoners who rent from a private landlord. Last week I was contacted by a constituent, Emma, who lives in the London Borough of Islington. She says:
“I live in a two-bedroom flat along with my husband and children. We pay well over £1,000 a month for this privilege. The flat has had numerous problems, many of which we’ve had to fix ourselves as the landlord refused to, and we still have numerous problems such as doors that don’t shut properly, ceilings stained with water from a leak in the flat above, cracked glass in the windows which are over 50 years old, having to remind the landlord constantly of his legal obligations such as getting a gas certificate and protecting our deposit. My son has asthma because the walls are damp and there is mould, which I constantly have to clean off.”
Mr Mayor, how will this budget do something to help people like Emma who are struggling in the private rented sector?