Response: The London Rental Standard

By: Pete Jefferys  Published: February 2013


While the Mayor's plans for a London Rental Standard cannot solve every problem faced by London renters, they could make a real difference, provided the scheme is well marketed. Shelter wants to work with the Mayor to make the most out of these proposals.

Summary

 A quarter of Londoners now rent privately. By 2020 this is projected to be more than one in three. Many are families with children who want to put down roots in their community, but find themselves trapped in a spiral of rent increases and short term contracts. Under the current system, London's renters have little guarantee that their landlord or letting agent will provide decent housing standards or a good service. The Mayor’s proposals for a London Rental Standard are an opportunity to help many of these families.

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