Better Renting campaign launches to support Hackney’s private renters

A new commitment to supporting Hackney’s 32,000 private renting households begins today as Hackney Council launches its Better Renting campaign with a fortnight of action to promote a fairer private renting system.

With two in three private renters in Hackney saying their repairs aren’t done when needed, a third of privately rented homes nationwide failing to meet basic standards, and local rent levels increasing 20% over the last five years, the Better Renting campaign will focus both on supporting private renters and working with landlords and letting agents to offer a fairer deal to tenants.

Activities taking place during the Better Renting will include:

  • Pop-up stalls around the borough for private renters to get support and advice from renting experts.
  • Getting landlords trained up through the London Landlords Accreditation Scheme.
  • Writing to government setting out the changes we want to see to create a fairer private rented sector
  • Direct contact with local landlords so that they fully understand their responsibilities.
  • A poster and social media campaign to raise awareness of the current challenges in the private rented sector.

Further announcements will be made during the course of the fortnight.

Councillor Sem Moema, Mayoral Adviser for Private Renting and Housing Affordability
“With more than 12,000 households on our housing waiting list and homeownership unrealistic for so many, the number of private renters in Hackney continues to grow and is becoming the only option for much of the borough.

“Which is why our new Better Renting campaign is so important. It shows our commitment to creating a fairer and more transparent system for private renters in the borough, not just by calling on the Government to introduce the regulations the sector needs, but also by supporting private renters here in Hackney and encouraging local landlords and letting agents to be responsibe and do the right thing.”
Councillor Sem Moema, Mayoral Adviser for Private Renting and Housing Affordability

For full details of the Better Renting campaign, visit www.hackney.gov.uk/better-renting or follow #BetterRenting on Twitter.