More than one in three people in Hackney live in a privately rented home. That’s around 34,000 households at the front end of Hackney’s housing crisis, facing a waiting list of more than 13,000 for social housing and house prices that have increased more than in any other borough in recent decades.
We think private renters deserve the security of a good, safe and affordable place to live. That’s why one of the Council’s key priorities is to support renters, from campaigning on the issues that matter to enforcing against rogue landlords who mistreat their tenants.
At the heart of this are our new property licensing measures which mean that landlords of homes most likely to suffer hazards and poor conditions now need a licence, enforced by our expanded private sector housing team
But we’re also working with partners to campaign for the changes we want to see to create a fair, affordable, stable, regulated and professional rental system. In recent years the government has agreed to many of our recommendations around revenge evictions, letting fees for tenants and - most recently - Section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions.
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