It’s an unusual time of year to launch a campaign but 19th December 2019 was an unusual date for the State Opening of Parliament. The Renters’ Reform Bill announced then, in the Queen’s Speech, has not yet had a Second Reading. That’s why Renters’ Rights London is among 19 organizations, dedicated to housing issues, that have come together to found the Renters Reform Coalition.
We’re all growing impatient but we know that the Renters’ Reform Bill represents a great opportunity to redesign our housing system, to create a fairer balance between renters and landlords. In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has deepened existing flaws in our current system and brought those into plain sight. In the midst of a public health crisis, thousands of private renters face mounting debt, eviction, harassment from landlords, and unsafe homes, putting physical and mental health at risk. We really need reforms to improve the safety, security and condition of privately rented homes.
Today, the Renters’ Reform Coalition is still very new and still working out the fine points of our campaign. But we all agree that everyone deserves a safe, affordable and secure place to call home. And we look forward to working with government and others to achieve that.
You can sign up on the website to keep in touch with the Coalition.