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Boris refuses to take action on Private Rented Housing

At Friday’s Greater London Authority final Budget meeting the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, refused to take action to drive up standards and tackle rogue landlords in the private rented sector. The Mayor was presented with a costed plan to deliver more homes and take action to help private rented tenants – but he refused to adopt the plans and all nine Conservative members of the London Assembly used their blocking minority vote to stop the proposals.

Londoners are facing a housing crisis and Boris is doing virtually nothing to help people who are struggling. We are seeing soaring house prices, soaring rents and not enough truly affordable housing being built. We need Boris to directly intervene in the broken housing market and directly built houses. He has the land and the powers to deliver significant levels of housing, it’s time he took the housing crisis seriously and got building. But he also needs to take action to drive up standards in the private rented sector, his voluntary approach simply isn’t working.

 Today the Mayor was challenged on just how bad conditions are for some people in the private rented sector. Many boroughs in London are doing what they can, but the Mayor must use his considerable powers and funding to help them.

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17th February 2014

Public meeting on housing to be held next weekend

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By Suruchi Sharma

A PUBLIC meeting with the shadow minister for Communities and Local Government will be held next Sunday on housing in Brent.

Barry Gardiner, MP for Brent North, will host the meeting to discuss costs, availability and standards in the private rented sector.

Speakers will include Chris Williamson MP, shadow minister for Communities and Local Government, Jacky Peacock, director of the Brent Private Tenants Rights Group, and Navin Shah, London Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow.

Mr Gardiner said: “I have organised this meeting because I want local residents to have their say on London’s housing crisis and the impact of housing benefit caps on vulnerable tenants here in Brent.

“Ever increasing rents are driving workers in lower paid jobs out of the capital. If we want a city with decent services where people from all walks of life live alongside each other then we must address this housing crisis now”.

The meeting will start at 3pm at Brent Town Hall in Committee Rooms 1 to 3.

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11th November 2011