0:01 AM, 16th May 2023, About 9 months ago 9
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has repeated his calls for a rent freeze to help Londoners in the week that the Renters Reform Bill is due to be published.
Mr Khan demanded rent freezing powers last month and in a speech on his delivery of 116,000 affordable homes for Londoners between 2015 and this year, he repeated the call.
He says the capital’s housing crisis is a ‘grave social injustice’ and says it is a ‘brake on growth’.
Mr Khan also highlighted the choices he has made when responding to the capital’s housing crises and said: “We’re choosing to take the side of renters by demanding the Government introduce a rent freeze.
“We’re choosing to reject the notion that housing is an asset, rather than a basic necessity.
“And we’re choosing to crackdown on dodgy landlords, stand up for working Londoners and get tough with developers.”
Explaining why there is an urgent need for a rent freeze, Mr Khan said: “Of course, we still have a long way to go [in solving the housing crisis].
“I’m not complacent. Even though we’re breaking records, I know not all Londoners will see or feel this progress yet.”
He added: “The fact demand for housing outstrips supply is why I’ll continue fighting the corner of renters – putting pressure on the Government not only to improve renters’ rights, but to give me the powers to introduce a rent control system for London that would allow me to freeze rents and give renters badly needed respite.”
The government is expected to publish its long-awaited Renters Reform Bill this week.
Housing Secretary Michael Gove has promised that the legislation will provide tenants with better protection against arbitrary rent increases.
However, the Conservative Party has repeatedly rejected calls for a rent freeze, warning that such controls would damage supply, standards, and investment in the private rented sector.
The Renters Reform Bill will include several measures to improve the rights of tenants.
Along with the much-publicised ban on section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions, there will also be a right for tenants to challenge unfair rent increases.
The Conservative Party has said that it is committed to helping tenants, but that it is important to strike a balance between the rights of tenants and the interests of landlords.