Share your story with your MP
Have you had a bad experience with short-term renting? You can help Shelter by sharing your story with us, and your Member of Parliament.
We believe everyone should have the opportunity to put down roots and plan for the future. Sadly, short-term rental contracts prevent renters from being able to enjoy this security. That’s why we’re calling on the government to make renting more stable, by introducing longer rental contracts. As Scotland can look forward to indefinite tenancies coming into force this autumn, at this point we’re asking English renters only to get involved.
And one of the best ways for us to show MPs the need for longer rental contracts is through your stories, in your own words.
By showing the real impact short-term renting is having on people around the country, we can make government sit up and take notice.
So please, use this page to let us know all about your short-term renting problems. Have you had to move several times in the last few years, or had to move away from your community or children’s school? Maybe you’re finding stumping up money for deposits and renewal fees a struggle?
Let us know, and we’ll send your story to your MP.
I’m writing to ask you to make renters’ lives more stable.
A stable home gives you security and the chance to put down roots and plan for the future. However, for renters living on six to 12-month contracts, life is uncertain and unpredictable.
Will you support five-year contracts for renters?
Shelter research shows seven in 10 renters want the option of longer contracts. If necessary, renters could leave their contract early, but this longer-term agreement would give renters the choice and the opportunity to settle in their homes and communities.
The government have said they want to do more for renters, and they’re encouraging landlords of newly built homes to offer three-year tenancies. But this isn’t enough; it will take years to affect all of England’s 11 million renters. Renters can’t wait – they need change now.
Therefore, I urge you to use this opportunity to raise longer rental contracts with the housing minister, Gavin Barwell, on behalf of myself and the many renting families in your constituency.
Thanks very much – I’m depending on you.