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To: Prime Minister and Mayor of London

Introduce a Rent Cap in London

Introduce a cap on rents, so no one has to pay more than £200 a week on rent.

Why is this important?

Rents in London are unaffordable. We can’t afford to live here. We are sharing bedrooms with strangers and commuting for four hours a day. We are spending over 75% of our salaries on rent. We are being evicted and made homeless as we can’t afford rent rises imposed by our landlords.

A rent cap is the quickest way to reduce rents and make homes affordable.

It’s vital that the Government gives the Mayor of London the power to introduce a rent cap so we can afford to live in London. We should not have to choose between food or a home.

We want a rent cap which is similar to council housing rents. For example:

- Room in shared house: £75 a week
- Studio: £95 a week
- One bedroom property: £120 a week
- Two bedroom property: £145 a week
- Three bedroom property: £170 a week
- Four bedroom property: £195 a week

London

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Reasons for signing

  • A home is a basic need. Continually rising rents mean that 'ordinary' people find it harder and harder to find a place to live, whilst those who have plenty can easily afford the rents, or charge higher rents that many people cannot afford. There is insufficient housing in this country and until this is rectified, the market is ripe for abuse and needs to be controlled.
  • To help single parents who don’t have enough money to pay their rent
  • It seems to me self-evident that everyone, without exception, should have the right to an affordable home (and "affordable" must be defined in relation to the base income - minimum wage or relevant social security payments - not, as it is now, a percentage of 'market' rent). If anyone thinks this would be unfair to landlords, I would remark that rent is an unearned income, so society privileges landlords by letting them obtain any rent money at all.

Updates

2015-01-07 23:05:22 +0000

50,000 signatures reached

2015-01-05 18:01:57 +0000

20,000 signatures reached

2014-12-31 14:54:49 +0000

Thanks to your support, we've now got over 15,000 signatures. As a result, I've been invited to speak on London Live's breakfast show 'Wake Up London' to promote our campaign for a rent cap in London. Tune in on Tuesday 6th January from 6am to 9am to hear me talk about this petition and how important this issue is. I will try and include lots of your comments.
http://www.londonlive.co.uk/programmes/wake-up-london

2014-12-28 17:31:25 +0000

10,000 signatures reached

2014-12-20 17:57:18 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2014-06-05 23:12:54 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2014-06-04 08:41:57 +0100

500 signatures reached

2014-05-14 14:19:02 +0100

100 signatures reached

2014-04-27 23:16:54 +0100

50 signatures reached

2014-04-13 14:21:03 +0100

25 signatures reached

2014-04-10 23:49:21 +0100

10 signatures reached