Most people think that councils only deal with council housing. In fact, councils deal with private renting, too. They have a duty to intervene when private landlords are behaving badly, and when conditions in a privately rented home are poor. And in 2011, councils were given more power to change private renting in their borough – for example, by introducing compulsory landlord licensing.
In 19 of London’s 33 boroughs, 25% or more of the population are private renters. So it’s time they started listening to renters’ needs. Find out more about what your council is doing below. If you think it’s not enough, why not arrange a meeting with them to discuss it?