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Rent Control Rally – 21st March

Time: Thursday 21st March 6:45-9pm
Venue: Hamilton House, Mabledon Pl, London WC1H 9BD
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Has your landlord recently pushed your rent up even higher? Or are you worried about the cost of housing? You’re not alone. On Thursday 21 March, London Renters Union is coming together to launch our campaign to fight for rent controls.

Rent increases are forcing us out of our communities and are leaving us without enough money for food, in cold and damp houses. Estate agents and landlords are out of control. Last year, private landlords in London extracted £3.5 billion in rent from us – to make themselves even richer, they made us poorer by forcing us to pay more rent. 

But there is an alternative. The Scottish government has pledged to introduce rent controls, and banned landlords from raising tenants’ rents since the start of the cost of living crisis. That’s a huge victory for Living Rent, Scotland’s tenants union. Rent controls are common across Europe and cities in the USA too. 

We can win the same here but only if we get organised and make the connections between the fight for affordable housing and wider struggles against gentrification, exploitation and oppression. 

Join us for an evening of discussion ahead of the launch of our campaign, to learn more about rent controls and find out ways to get involved in the fight! 

SPEAKERS:

Kwajo Tweneboa a social issues campaigner from south London, who uses social media to give a voice to many issues. After publicly shaming his housing association into carrying out repairs on his family’s flat after a year of inaction, Kwajo has travelled the country putting pressure on politicians and social housing providers to improve living standards. Kwajo presented Untold: Help! My Home is Disgusting on Channel 4, taking on social housing tenants’ and private renters’ calls for help. 

Nick Bano is a tenants’ rights and homelessness lawyer. He is the author of ‘Against Landlords: How to solve the housing crisis’. 

Simmone Ahaiku is a campaigner, facilitator and organiser who has contributed to environmental, social and cultural work across the UK. Simmone is currently the organiser for the Lewisham London Renters Union branch. 

Joe Beswick is a member of the London Renters Union, and leading on the union’s political education work around rent controls. Joe is an experienced political educator and has been active within the union since the early days. 

National Education Union (NEU) representative speaker to be confirmed! Amidst the ongoing primary school closures across London as more families are pushed out because of rising rents, it is essential we build solidarity across our movements. 

Followed by questions and discussion and ways to get involved in the campaign. 

This event will take place in Mander Hall at Hamilton House. The venue has step free access. If you’d like help with travel costs or if it’d make it easier for you to attend if there was childcare available or there’s anything else we can do to help you be there, please email siobhan@londonrentersunion.org

 

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