You don’t have to leave it to others to campaign on your behalf. Private renters all over London are campaigning locally for a better deal.
Some teach others about renting law, or how to get practical help from the council. Some root out bad landlords and tell local media about them. Some lobby the local council to make them introduce landlord licensing schemes, or to take more landlords to court.
Some organise protests outside letting agents; some meet their MPs regularly to tell them what renting in their area is really like, and show them why we need better renting laws. Some simply offer emotional support to renters being bullied by their landlords. Some form groups with other renters in their area; some do it alone.
Here are some local groups to start you off. Each has a different focus and style, but all are tackling Londons housing crisis at a local level. If your local group isn’t active or isn’t doing the kind of thing you’d like to do, don’t be put off: you can campaign independently or find like-minded others to work with.
Local groups for private renters:
Camden >>Camden Federation of Private Tenants
Lambeth >>West Norwood Private Renters
Lewisham/Hackney/Newham >>London Renters Union
South London >>South London Renters
National groups for private renters