The Labour-controlled Greater London Authority and 18 other groups of activists, charities and students have formed a new pro-renter coalition.
Called the Renters Reform Coalition, the new group calls on the government to use the upcoming Renters’ Reform Bill to end section 21 evictions "and create a system within which renters feel empowered to stand up for their rights.”
The coalition includes Shelter, Generation Rent, the National Union of Students, the London Renters Union and as well as the Labour GLA.
It claims that for too many renters a safe, affordable and secure home is out of reach.
And it gives a dramatic description of how it sees tenants today, saying: “In the midst of a public health crisis, thousands of private renters faced mounting debt, eviction, harassment by their landlords, and unsafe homes which put their health at risk.”
It goes on to claim that “350,000 households have had their landlord discuss eviction with them already.”
It also says that the current restrictions on evictions - bailiffs are not allowed to execute possessions until January 11 - should be extended indefinitely until the pandemic is deemed to be over.
A spokeswoman for the group - Bridget Young of the Nationwide Foundation - says: “The government has pledged to end section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions, and one year ago we welcomed its plans to reform private renting in the upcoming Renters’ Reform Bill.
“This bill is an opportunity to redesign our housing system, creating a fairer balance between renters and landlords. Implemented correctly, these reforms are also a chance to improve the safety, security and condition of privately rented homes.
“We are looking forward to working with the government and other partners, to take this opportunity to deliver a more just housing system. The Coalition is a broad group but we are united in our belief that everyone needs a safe, affordable and secure home, where they can live and flourish.”
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