A lot has changed recently, we have a new Mayor of London and a new Prime Minister, not to mention Brexit.
The good news is that the new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pledged to introduce a London Living Rent. It is very positive that Sadiq has promised to introduce a London Living Rent, however we need to ensure that he sticks to his pledge. You can view Sadiq’s housing pledges here.
It would be great if you could take a few minutes to email Sadiq about why a London Living Rent is so important and ask that he introduces it as soon as possible.
You can use the draft email below as a guide. Please try and include examples about your own experiences of renting, as personal stories can have a real impact.
DRAFT EMAIL – send to firstname.lastname@example.org
SUBJECT: Please introduce a London Living Rent as soon as possible
Congratulations on being elected Mayor of London.
I am writing to ask you to keep your pledge to introduce a London Living Rent and to implement it as soon as possible.
As you will be aware, rents in London have risen to record levels. We need to cap rents at levels more affordable for ordinary people and families. Due to the shortage of housing in London and the fact that many people need to live in London for work, landlords are able to charge such high amounts for accommodation that they are pricing many hardworking families and talented workers out of the capital. Some teachers are having to share a bedroom as the rents are so high and commute for three or four hours a day. Other tenants are spending over 75% of their salary on rent. This situation is not sustainable.
Capping rents at affordable levels has huge support across London and over 70,000 people have signed a petition on the 38 Degrees website in support of a London rent cap, which you can find here: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/introduce-a-rent-cap-in-london. A survey by polling firm Survation found that only 6.8% of British adults are opposed to rent control.
London is the city with the most jobs in the UK. It is patently unfair that people who work in London cannot afford to live in the same city that they work, particularly if they want a family. The time has come for action to prevent an escalating housing crisis. Please can you therefore introduce a London Living Rent as quickly as possible?
I look forward to hearing from you.