Khan urged to ‘push harder’ on tenant protection as London rents rise

GLA housing committee chair Sian Berry says too many of the capital’s private renters are being left to the “wolves that are rogue landlords”.

London rents up 7.6% in 12 months - new figures

GLA housing committee chair Sian Berry AM has urged Sadiq Khan to “keep pushing” for more powers to benefit private renters – with rents up in 25 of the capital’s 33 boroughs over the last six months.

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

Berry says the new rent rises show too many private renters are being left to the “wolves that are rogue landlords”, when Londoners needed the protection of a properly regulated and priced market that those 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,” said Berry.

“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,” she said.

Berry has successfully pressed Khan 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.

Rents in London grew by 0.1% in the 12 months to June 2018, the first annual rental rise in the city since December 2016, according to the latest Landbay Rental Index.

The index shows rents have gone up in 25 out of the 33 boroughs over the last six months, with the average rent paid for a property in London now standing at £1,884 a month – still 2.5x the £764pcm in the rest of the UK.

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