On Saturday 27th September Hackney Labour launched its campaign to help improve conditions in the private rented sector.
With average private rent in Hackney at £2,125 per month, letting agents charging as much as £500 per move, and some landlords regularly hiking up prices, some renters are finding themselves in increasingly vulnerable situations.
A Labour government will introduce much-needed relief for people in the private rented sector, including making three-year tenancies the norm, and banning letting agents' fees. In Hackney, the Council is setting up its own lettings agency and is committed to improving conditions in the sector.
But we need to know more about what's going on in the private rented sector in order to help the Council improve conditions. So we've set out to contact as many Hackney private renters as possible, asking them to join our campaign. Later we'll ask those who have signed up to tell their story of renting in Hackney.
Around 25 Labour members and supporters took to Hoxton Street and Lower Clapton Road to launch the campaign. And we'll be out and about over the coming months to sign people up. If you see us, come and say hello!