What we’re fighting for
We want to transform the housing system so that everyone has access to an affordable, secure and decent home. We want a future where we have more free time because housing is cheaper, where working-class people and migrants aren’t pushed to the fringes, and where no-one has to suffer evictions or homelessness.
These demands are some of the things we as a union think can help make this future a reality.
They were agreed at our first member forum in July 2018 and further developed at our first all member assembly in June 2019.
Decent standards in housing
Good standards for all rented properties, with full monitoring of property conditions and redress processes that have the needs of renters at their heart.
Controls that significantly reduce rents, take account of local incomes and are decided by democratic bodies.
Government should implement promised end to no fault (Section 21) evictions immediately, remove end dates from tenancies, place limits on rent rises.
Housing justice for people living in temporary accommodation
All temporary accommodation must be safe, secure, within peoples home borough and be part of a quick, clear path to a permanent home. All landlords providing temporary accommodation must be held accountable.
No discrimination in access to housing
End DSS discrimination by landlords and letting agents against people receiving benefits and renters with children, stop racist discrimination in housing and any discrimination on grounds of identity.
No borders in housing
End right to rent and nationality requirements for social housing, no border checks in licensing or enforcement regimes
Public housing available to all
End right to buy, fund councils to build and renovate good quality housing for their waiting lists, prioritising anyone vulnerable and in need
Housing for people not profit
End the politics and culture of property as investment rather than to house people and bring homes into democratic public ownership.
JOIN THE LONDON RENTERS UNION
We’re a members-led, campaigning union and we’re taking action to make sure all Londoners have a decent, affordable and secure home. Join our community today and become part of the movement to transform the housing system.
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