Labour's London mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan has launched his election manifesto and pledged to help the capital’s two million renters.
Khan’s election manifesto includes a database of rogue landlords and a London-wide not-for-profit letting agency.
Khan launched his manifesto for May’s mayoral election in a speech at Canary Wharf.
He said: “Londoners are increasingly spending longer, and spending more, with little prospect of being able to save for a deposit. Yet the reality for far too many of them – including families - is insecure tenancies of a year or less, soaring rents, and often poor quality accommodation.
“That’s why, alongside an ambitious plan for building homes for Londoners, at the very heart of our manifesto is a major package of new measures to support and protect those who rent.
“A London-wide, not-for-profit lettings agency – offering a better deal for tenants and for landlords, with no rip-off fees, longer tenancies and stable rent. A greater chance to save to buy a place of your own.
“Action to promote landlord licensing to drive up standards across the board. And a new online database of rogue landlords for prospective tenants, allowing anyone to find out if their current or future landlord has a bad record.
“My aim is to make renting more secure, while giving renters the opportunity to save a deposit to buy a place of their own.”