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Put an end to tenants being kicked out without reason

18 April, 2019

• MORE than a third of people in Islington live in a private rented home, and Islington Labour is committed to helping them to get a fairer deal.

Alongside building more genuinely affordable homes, including new council homes, for local people, we are taking tough action to support renters and to tackle rogue landlords.

Under our leadership, Islington Council’s dedicated reporting line for private renters has helped improve over 1,500 private rented homes since 2014, and has offered advice to over 2,300 people.

The council has also taken significant enforcement action against rogue landlords and dodgy lettings agents, including pursuing a prosecution that saw three letting agents sentenced to a combined seven years in prison for treating tenants unfairly.

Since 2015, a landlord licensing scheme in the Holloway Road and Caledonian Road areas has helped protect over 3,500 renters, and we are committed to implementing more landlord licensing schemes and maintaining the council’s not-for-profit private lettings agency. But there is much more to do.

The end of a private tenancy is the single biggest cause of homelessness in Islington, and across the country around a third of all families that councils accepted as homeless last year were made homeless by the end of a fixed-term tenancy.

That’s why we welcome the news this week that the government intends to ban so-called “no fault” evictions, which see tenants kicked out of their homes at the end of a fixed-term contract without good reason.

This announcement has come after pressure from groups such as Generation Rent, ACORN and the London Renters Union, as well as Islington Labour, and it is to be welcomed that the Tory government is finally catching-up with calls from the Labour Party for action.

We will respond to the government’s consultation when it is published and will keep the pressure on them to follow through on their promises.

However, the government is still failing to address sky-high rents, which we know are forcing people out of their homes in Islington when landlords increase rents at the end of a fixed- term tenancy.

The government is also pushing more private renters to the brink with damaging changes to social security, like Universal Credit, that are making it harder to find and keep a home in the borough.

We want to see controls on rents, indefinite tenancies and stronger rights for private tenants. We need a fairer deal for private renters, and together we will keep working hard to make a difference for local people.

CLLR DIARMAID WARD
Executive Member for Housing and Development

CLLR JENNY KAY
Private Renters Champion

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