School campaigners urge Hackney’s renters to have their say as rogue landlord consultation nears close date

Pupils from Cardinal Pole Catholic School in Homerton today urged renters in Hackney to have their say on the Council’s latest measures to tackle rogue landlords, with just five days left to take part in its property licensing consultation.

Representatives from the school council and Hackney Citzens - the Hackneybranch of Citizens UK - met with the Hackney Mayor, Philip Glanville, and Mayoral Advisor for Affordability and Private Renting, Cllr Sem Moema, to discuss the proposals, which would require private landlords to have a licence to let out homes in Hackney’s hazard hotspots. In May the pupils helped deliver a petition calling for such a licensing scheme in Hackney after the school council highlighted the difficulties faced by private renters as one of the biggest issues affecting families in Hackney - writes

The Council has since launched its Better Renting campaign to support Hackney’s 30,000 private renters, including becoming the first local authority to introduce a voluntary letting fee ban and implementing a package of penalties against rogue landlords with fines of up to £30,000.

And the latest proposals under consultation would meanlandlords in parts of Stoke Newington and Clapton – where 20% of tenants face critical problems like dangerous boilers, exposed wiring or vermin infestations – would require a Council licence committing them to ensuring their property is of a good standard before letting it out or renewing a tenancy.

Landlords letting Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) – homes with two or more households and shared facilities such as kitchens, bathrooms and toilets – anywhere in the borough would also require a licence.

Cllr Sem Moema, Mayoral Advisor for Private Renting and Housing Affordability

It’s been inspiring to meet with the young pupils at Cardinal Pole Catholic School and see not just their awareness of the issues faced by Hackney’s 30,000 private renters today but also their commitment to creating change and improving our borough.

Up to one in five private renters faces appalling conditions in parts of Hackney, and these measures will give us the powers we need to tackle landlords who exploit renters and make sure their homes are safe, secure and well-maintained.

We’ve been working to improve private renting which is a big issue faced by students at the school and the local community. Many people do not feel confident contacting their landlord if they have problems so these changes could help them and make the community a better place – we want as many people as possible to give their opinions on the plans.

Serena, Year 10 pupil and school council member at Cardinal Pole Catholic School

We strongly support the property licensing scheme in Hackney. Many people in our member organisations are suffering at the hands of neglectful and exploitative landlords and we are determined to do something about it. Property licensing is an important measure that will help us to identify and deal with bad practise, and drive up standards in the private rented sector. 

Revd Rosemia Brown - Member of the Hackney citizens leadership group and the Church of England Area Dean of Hackney

With less than a week until our consultation closes, it’s crucial that all renters, landlords and residents who experience these issues first hand also respond to this consultation and give their views.

Cllr Sem Moema, Mayoral Advisor for Private Renting and Housing Affordability

Hackney Citizens is the Hackney branch of CitizensUK - the home of Community Organising in the UK. There are 24 member organisations in Hackney including faith, education and community groups, working together for the common good.

The consultation on introducing property licensing closes on 3 December 2017.

Read also more news of London on our site.
Hackney’srenter Schoolcampaigners landlordconsultation
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
7 views in october
I recommend
No recommendations yet


Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Tube drivers on the Piccadilly Line are set to hold fresh 24-hour strike action in a row over staffing and working conditions. The RMT Union has urged members to walk out at 12:00 BST on 7 November until noon the following day - writes The union's general secretary Mick Cash said it had become "frustrated" with Tube bosses' handling of a "full raft of issues". Transport for London (TfL) said it was "disappointed" with the new strike. Drivers on the...
The Tate and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) are calling for a premium to fund arts classes in England's schools. The major arts institutions say league tables and pressures on time and budgets are squeezing out important creative subjects - writes Six thousand 11 to 18-year-olds have described how the subjects help build their confidence, in new research. The government says it is investing almost £500m in arts and music. Creative subjects hav...
Five teenagers have been jailed for fatally stabbing a man in an unprovoked attack as he returned home from an appointment with his pregnant partner. Daniel Frederick, 34, was knifed repeatedly by the group just yards from his home in Stoke Newington, Hackney. Three teenagers were convicted of murdering Mr Frederick while another two were found guilty of manslaughter. They were jailed at the Old Bailey for a combined total of at least 64 years. Judge Phili...
Work at a building site near London's Olympic Park has stopped after complaints about "horrendous" smells. Nearby Mossbourne Academy said its students felt sick and local residents spoke of headaches because of smells coming from the site in Hackney Wick. The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) told Telford Homes to stop work last month until a new plan to "manage the site" was approved. The LLDC and Telford Homes claimed there was no health risk....
Ten of Britain's busiest railway stations have seen over half of all train services delayed by a minute or more this year, research has revealed - writes Manchester Oxford Road had the least punctual services, with 68% delayed. Data analysis by consumer group Which? found York, Gatwick Airport and Birmingham New Street also saw less than 40% of trains arrive on time. The group said even small delays could have "a knock-on effect" on passengers' abi...
Two more east London schools have closed because of an infestation of false widow spiders. John F Kennedy Special School, which has campuses in Stratford and Beckton, and Godwin Junior School, in Forest Gate, announced they would close. False widows are about the size of a 50p coin and are the most dangerous spider species in the UK. Four secondary schools and four primary schools, all in Newham, have closed for various amounts of time. Thousands of childr...
London Abused Women’s Centre says an anti-sex-trafficking online ad campaign that drew scores of calls for help from women and girls was so successful, it's already planning another. London Abused Women’s Centre says an anti-sex-trafficking online ad campaign that drew scores of calls for help from women and girls was so successful, it’s already planning another. The online ads, targeting both possible trafficking victims and sex buyers, appeared or were v...
Women have been warned not to use headphones or mobile phones while walking alone after a series of sex assaults near a Tube station. Ten separate assaults on lone women in Cricklewood are thought to be linked, police said. Most of the attacks have taken place near Willesden Green Tube station, where the latest victim was assaulted early on Sunday. The Met urged women to "take care" when walking alone. Sunday's attack, on Walm Lane, happened when a woman w...
Former JLS member Oritse Williams has appeared in court accused of raping a fan in a hotel room after a concert. The 31-year-old was arrested in December 2016 in connection with an incident in a hotel in Wolverhampton. The singer, who first appeared on X Factor in 2008, was given unconditional bail by magistrates in Walsall. Mr Williams, from Croydon, south London, is due to appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court on 8 November. Co-defendant Jamien Nagadhana,...