Housing groups demand a rent freeze

Eileen Short from Defend Council Housing and Suz Muna from Social Housing Action Campaign present letter to Simon Clarke MP Secretary of State for Levelling Up

The housing crisis has not been paused. Housing activists and tenants protested outside the Department of Levelling Up on 14 September demanding a rent & service charge freeze and a moratorium on evictions for rent arrears. Crucially, we also demanded government funding to ensure there is no impact on housing quality and services.

We went to the Housing Ministry (Dept of ‘Levelling Up’) to say rents must be frozen. Tenants are facing an 11 % rent rise next April. We started to campaign, and the wobbly government was driven to consult on capping rents. Help us step up the campaign, and we can win this! We will be back on 6 October at 12 noon, when inflation figures are announced. Come and join us.

Eileen Short, DCH

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A copy of the letter is here:

Consultation on Social Rent Rise

The Government is consulting on three possible rent rises and is leaning towards 5%. Defend Council Housing suggests something like the following comments. The consultation is really aimed at landlords, not tenants, so we should respond as the people most affected by these rises! It will be easier to respond by email to Socialhousingrents@levellingup.gov.uk

Consultation page: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/social-housing-rents-consultation

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 12 October 2022.