Report: Making renting more affordable for more Londoners

By: John Bibby  Published: April 2016


In advance of the London elections in May 2016, we researched affordability in the city's private rented sector and made recommendations for policy change. This report sets out our findings and recommendations.

Summary

More than half of Londoners struggle with the cost of living in their private rented home. Although this situation has now reached crisis levels, we can turn it around. The mayoral election this May will offer a crucial opportunity for the new Mayor to do this by using their existing powers and their democratic mandate to campaign for change.

This report sets out the extent and effects of London's affordability crisis in the private rented sector. It sets out what its causes are and how the next Mayor of London can tackle the crisis by:

  • Building the homes London needs, particularly affordable homes
  • Defending housing benefit for private renters
  • Improving the private rented sector

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