Private renters are being urged to tell their woes to London Assembly member Sian Berry .
The Green party politician wants to address the crisis in the housing market and fight for better rights for tenants.
To that end she has launched the Big Renters Survey to gather evidence to help put pressure on Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and the Government to improve renters’ rights.
She wants to know details of issues with costs, contracts, letting agents, maintenance and repairs and how renters think a union of tenants working together could help improve their rights and situation.
Sian said: “As a private renter, like 2.3million other Londoners, I know the insecurity, cost and lack of control over your living arrangements can take its toll.
“My flat’s toilet is never properly fixed by my landlord and has just broken again. I’ve shelled out more than half my pay in rent and lived in six different houses and flats since I moved to London.”
Figures from the Office of National Statistics show 29% of Londoners live in private rented homes.
In Canary Wharf the average rent for a two-bed property was £2,422 in April according to property app Movebubble.
Sian has already asked the Mayor to consider the lower wages paid to women and the higher living costs paid by families when calculating his new ‘living rent’.
The local councillor for Highgate believes by working together tenants can make a change.
She said: “If you are – or have ever been – a private renter in London, please take three minutes to fill in my Big Renters Survey today.
“Tell me about your repair nightmares, how you’ve been treated by landlords and letting agents, and how you think a renters union could help.”
Tower Hamlets Council has already introduced a Landlords Licensing Scheme , which requires that from Saturday, October 1, all privately rented properties in the areas of Whitechapel, Weavers, Spitalfields and Banglatown are licensed.
It says the change will help tackle anti-social behaviour, raise housing standards and improve their management.
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