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A collection of campaign groups and think tanks have come together to create a Manifesto for renters in the hope of influencing political parties in the coming General Election. The Group Includes Generation Rent, New Economics Foundation, the London Renters Union, Tenants Union UK and ACORN.
Their agenda is to ban Section 21 evictions, introduce of rent controls and force landlords to end bans on benefits tenants. The individual institutions have all released statements in support.
Director of Generation Rent, Dan Wilson Craw, said: “The security of home ownership is closed off to millions of people who cannot save when their wage increases are simply swallowed up by the rent. Private renters are growing older and raising children in insecure, expensive homes, and will be thinking about this on the way to polling stations on 12 December.
“Any party that wants to run the country must offer renters stable and affordable homes, and this manifesto sets out how to deliver that.”
Nick Ballard, of ACORN, said: “Landlords up and down the country benefit from and contribute to the country’s acute housing crisis by restricting access to housing through ever higher rents.”
“In the absence of rent controls they have monetised the human need for shelter and turned homes into assets. Restricting supply of a universal need at times of crisis is profiteering. This needs to change. The next government must cap rents at 30% of local income, put a stop to the financialisation of housing and create a national database of landlords and rents to ensure decent, dignified and affordable housing for all.”
CEO of New Economics Foundation, Miatta Fahnbulleh commented: “Private renting is broken, unaffordable, insecure and often unsafe. This manifesto outlines the policies we need to fix our housing system, and improve conditions for the millions of private renters in the UK.
“The demand for change on private renting is growing, and the size of the renters vote is hugely influential. Political parties would be foolish to ignore this.”
The group also claim that 1 out of every 7 properties rented in the PRS is unsafe.
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