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Mayor’s Rental Standard a “meaningless gimmick”


May 28th, 2014

Responding to the Mayor of London’s new Rental Standard for the Capital, London Assembly Labour Group Housing spokesperson, Tom Copley, has described the scheme as a “meaningless gimmick”. The Mayor’s new scheme is entirely voluntary and there are no plans to introduce compulsory regulation. Mr Copley is calling on the Mayor to support real reform of the Private Rented Sector, including:

Tom Copley AM, London Assembly Labour Group Housing Spokesperson, said:

“Today’s announcement from the Mayor will make little, if any, difference to the private tenants across our city who need protection from rogue landlords. There are over 800,000 private rented households in London and this accreditation scheme will only help those fortunate enough to already rent from a good landlord. Bad landlords will be unlikely to sign up to this scheme, after over six years in office the Mayor has totally failed to help private renters in the capital.

“The Mayor must support real reform of this sector. He should have been lobbying for government legislation to create longer tenancies as standard, caps on annual rent rises and a ban on lettings agents’ fees for tenants. Instead, he has wasted two years consulting on a voluntary standard that is not worth the papers it’s written on. Private rented housing and lettings agents have minimal regulation. This must change otherwise people will continue to be ripped off and taken advantage of by unscrupulous landlords and lettings agents.”

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