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Why the Arguments for Rent Control are Overwhelming

  • The Naturalist 14 Woodberry Down London, England, N4 2TP United Kingdom (map)

Join the NE London Fabian Society in conversation with James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development on 21st March at The Naturalist Pub.

London is in the middle of a desperate housing crisis that has been generations in the making. Between 2005 and 2016 average private rents in London rose by 38 per cent, and the average private rent for a one-bedroom home in London is now more than the average for a three-bedroom home in every other English region. Far more Londoners are also new to renting, with 27 per cent renting privately in 2017, compared to only 15 per cent in 2000.

With renting impossible, where does that leave young people? The problem is more than just high rents – job insecurity affects the likelihood of people passing credit referencing checks; extortionate deposits; and of course, low wages mean that the costs associated with renting end up pricing people out of the rental market.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is developing a new blueprint for stabilising or controlling private rents in the capital, as part of his ongoing work to help London’s 2.4 million renters. This is your opportunity to ask questions and share your views on the Private Rented Sector.

To lead this conversation, we have invited Nona Buckley-Irvine, author of the Fabian blog 'A Manifesto for Generation Rent'.

There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and share your views.

Registration from 18:30. The event will start promptly at 19:00.

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