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The RLA "Future Renting" Conference in London was disrupted yesterday by a group called the London Renters Union.About 30 people came to the Imperial College in London with placards to protest against rents in London. They placed the blame for this squarely on Landlords.
Property Tribes recorded this round up of the day's event, including footage of the protest:
Property commentator Kate Faulkner, who was speaking at the event, and witnessed the protest told Property Tribes:"Tenants obviously feel aggrieved and the main reason is that they have been let down by both Local and Central Government in terms of providing affordable housing stock. Naturally, their anger has been targeted at those that are providing a private service as opposed to a social one, where many people on council waiting lists have been forced into private accommodation.As far as the landlord associations are concerned, what many tenants don't appreciate is that the likes of the RLA are working on behalf of tenants (landlord's customers) as well as landlords. The only way we can help these understandably aggrieved tenants, is by landlords supporting associations so that they have a stronger voice at a policy level to ensure that the PRS meets everyone's needs.For example, with MP Karen Buck's "(Homes) Fitness for Human Habitation" Bill, the RLA worked very closely with Ms. Buck to help push it through but I would hazard a guess that the London Renter's Union were unaware of this collaboration.Ironically, yesterday's was all about improving standards in the private rented sector with the tenant's needs, safety, and wellbeing at the heart of every presentation. It was clear that the London Renter's Union misunderstood the aims of the event.I think it is vital, now more than ever, that every landlord joins a landlord association so that the fragmented landlord community can have a coherent voice at a political level.I invite you to read my Landlord Association check-list".Nick Tadd, owner of Property Tribes commented:"Property Tribes supports all organisations, including tenant organisations, who highlight bad practice in the PRS and who are working for higher standards and to root out rogues. This view is shared by the RLA and other organisations like Crisis.I believe that the London Renter's Union have got their wires crossed with regards to the nature of the RLA event yesterday, because the event was not about "pity the landlord", but about how we can make the PRS a better experience for tenants. I understand the necessity for shock tactics and direct action to create awareness, but the London Renter's Union was targeting the wrong event and the wrong organisation. It's just a shame they didn't bother to find this out before the event, as I am sure that if they had approached the RLA to work with them, the RLA would have listened, and they could have had more effect by working with landlords, rather than against them. There is very clearly common ground because we all share the same aim of improving standards and I invite the London Renter’s Union to join us in the fight for a better PRS.Now more than ever, and given the sheer volume of policy-shaping and consultations they contribute to, now is the time to join the RLA and support their important work in representing landlords".Policy Director of the RLA, David Smith commented:"Good landlords like RLA members have much in common with tenants and share many of the same concerns.It was a pity that the London Renters Union did not speak to the RLA before this protest as we would have been happy to invite a representative to speak and air their concerns.We hope that we can work productively with them in future to provide a rental sector that works for both landlords and tenants".You can read RLA's blog covering yesterday's event >>> here.SEE ALSO - RLA 20th anniversary Parliamentary eventUP NEXT - New landmark review of PRS slams policiesDON'T MISS - Insider insights into "game changer" PRS reportNOW WATCH:
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Unfortunately in the current environment the good landlords are tarnished by the bad landlords.The government needs to get a grip on the housing market as its the most social damaging area they face. Now landlords are at the top of peoples the hit list above bankers and estate agents.The only way to improve matters is for a National Housing Department to be set up and take control of all housing issues with a strong representation from landlord associations who understand the issues and have first hand experience.The broken housing market should be the Governments first priority as failure to deal with it will have very serious repercussions in the years to come.
You see this is what MPs listen to.
They want to be seen as helping the underdog
This is why I have said rent control will come and it will effect the SE more than anything else in the long run.
Learn Change and Adapt ?????
I fully agree, most people can't remember the last lot of rent controls that came off in 1988.
I agree again I was a landlord at the time of rent control
the majority here never experienced it
so don’t except that it can’t come back
if they can cap electric and gas they can cap rents
nothing in life is new just what we have forgotten about comes back and looks knew
But I feel I’m a underdog as a LL. No one understands what I really do, no one really appreciate I’m letting people live in one of my properties and not using that money on a nice holiday (the equity in the property). Lol
Wish you all a lovely weekend
It’s our image that stinks and the sector has brought it upon itself
We brag in public and we show a face of "pull up the ladder jack I am ok"
I get tired of get rich image we have I am on hols at present and I won’t admit I am a landlord when I am asked what I do for a living
We need to be more humble just like any other business sector.
Coverage on this topic in the Morning Star:LRU organiser Amina, from Newham, called on tenants to collectivise the issues of eviction and threats of homelessness in order to make their voices heard.
“Renters across the capital have had enough,” she said.
“We have had enough of paying extortionate rent for poor and dangerous housing, only to live with the constant threat of eviction and homelessness and never know when we may be forced to move out.
“It’s time for renter power. If renters join forces, we are powerful enough to demand and to win the big changes our housing system needs.”Full/source article
Well that’s plain to see which direction this will go
labour or conservatives policy makers will look at this and act
show me one tenant who would not welcome rent control and stronger rights
this shows what we are up aginst Now
I'm a tenant and I (genuinely) think rent controls are an appalling idea.