Now that the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has spoken in favour of rent controls, we want to be sure that renters’ real needs are met by any changes which might follow.
The definition of ‘adequate housing’ includes affordability. That the personal and financial costs associated with housing should not compromise our access to other basic needs (access to food, education, healthcare etc) is a given. But are we really paying one third of our income in rent, as Sadiq Khan has said? Or are we paying more?