Hackney Labour councillors Karen Alcock (Cabinet member for Housing Policy) and Clayeon McKenzie (Chair of Living in Hackney Scrutiny Committee) attended the event organised by DIGS on 26th April, lending their support to the campaign to improve the private rented sector.
There are estimated to be 32,00 privately renting households in Hackney. There is high demand in the sector, and poor standards can also be a real problem. We work closely with DIGS and other housing organisations such as Shelter to identify practical solutions to try to get a better deal for tenants in the private rented sector.
Hackney Labour’s manifesto for 2014 sets out a number of pledges:
- to set up a Social Lettings Agency
- to work towards the licensing of all landlords in the borough
- to improve the advice and information available to private renters.
We will also campaign for improved powers to regulate the private rented sector. While local authorities are constrained by the powers available (for instance on rents and lengths of tenancies), we are committed to doing more.
The Council has also relaunched the information and advice pages for private renters in Hackney – DIGS contributed to this process and it was also informed by the recent scrutiny review carried out by Living in Hackney.
The Coalition Government has done very little to progress better regulation of the private rented sector - whether at the London level or in Government. One of the first things the Coalition did was to abandon the recommendations of the Rugg Review of the Private Rented Sector set up under last Labour Government.