Liberal Democrat campaigners were joined in Gospel Oak last week by London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon.
Caroline is working to raise the profile of private renters across London. Here in Camden, there are over 25,000 private renters, about 25% of residents, and across London about one-third of privately rented homes fail to meet the Government’s Decent Homes standard.
In 2016 Caroline produced a report on local authority enforcement of private rental standards “Rogue Landlords in London”, and she came to Camden to hear the experiences of residents, as part of updating her report one year on.
Caroline said, “London’s Labour Mayor has often repeated his intention to “get a grip on the private rented sector”, but there is no timetable for action. Residents in Camden, as well as across London, expect more from their Mayor than fine words.”
Jill Fraser, the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Gospel Oak by-election, said, “I’m backing Caroline’s campaign to get the Labour Mayor to act on private renting across London. Renting in Camden is so expensive, and too often landlords don’t get even the basics right. Local residents are already coming to me for help - the Labour Mayor needs to get together with local councils and take action now.“
Stephen Crosher, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Holborn & St Pancras at the 2017 General Election said, “The Liberal Democrat 2017 manifesto called for greater protection for tenants, and for licensing of landlords. Other boroughs have introduced their own licensing schemes – Camden Labour could be doing so much more for private renters.”