What rights do renters have in buildings where sub-standard cladding is a known issue? As digital surveillance by central and local government grows, do you know how your data is used by your council? And an invitation to join the Day of Action on Empty Homes
Not in England, though. Here, neither regional government nor local government currently has the power respond to needs in this way.
A lot of us have debts but 24/7 help is available. As is the warm homes discount on energy bills, if you apply fast. Click through from the headline for all the details
Renters’ Rights London is well pleased to be one of 19 organizations founding the Renters Reform Coalition. The coalition is very new and still working on the fine points of our campaign. But we all agree that everyone deserves a safe, affordable and secure place to call home. Working together with government and others, we aim to achieve that.
Since 20 September, landlords have been allowed to initiate ‘no fault’ eviction proceedings again. Even if the section 21 notice is valid (and it might not be) you are very probably entitled to a longer notice period this Winter. Read on for more information about that. And there’s a link to the Mayor of London’s Property Licence Checker
You have new rights in relation to electrical safety so there’s all you need to know about EICR checks. As the stay on evictions looks set to end on 23 August, there’s information about your choices if you receive a section 21 notice. There’s a survey for lodgers and a petition from Operation Wifi, too
You can still contact us via this website, or by leaving a voicemail message on the office number. All messages are accessible remotely within minutes and we’ll answer you as soon as possible. Most recent emails and phone calls have come from renters whose living situation has been affected by the London lockdown. Read on for info about the ‘complete ban on evictions’ and claiming housing benefit
The high cost of housing means that many more Londoners now live in shared flats or houses than was the case 20 years ago. Aside from affordability, there can be many advantages to sharing a home, especially if you get on well with your housemates. But when you’re living with strangers, it’s not always easy to feel safe.
The expertise you have gained through your experience of renting in London is in high demand now. Citizens Advice, Toynbee Hall and Camden Council are all keen to hear from you. We know, from the imminent success of the campaign to #EndSection21 evictions that together, we can win. So please do help furnish the evidence needed to keep making the strongest possible case for the changes we all need?
Now that we all know what ‘prorogation’ means, can we please take a moment to think about ‘disenfranchisement’? If your name is not on the electoral roll, you have disenfranchised yourself. But don’t worry; there’s a link to register to vote in here. There’s information about what to do if you need to end a fixed term tenancy early, as well. And if you live in Islington, the council is seeking your opinion of property licensing.