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Whitechapel public meeting telling renters their rights to be addressed by Tower Hamlets’ mayor

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 December 2017

Renters launching 'fair deal' campaign for private tenants at Tower Hamlets town hall in 2015. Picture: Mike Brooke

Renters launching 'fair deal' campaign for private tenants at Tower Hamlets town hall in 2015. Picture: Mike Brooke

Mike Brooke

A public meeting for renters to know their legal rights is being held in Whitechapel on Monday as part of a long-running campaign to protect private tenants from rogue landlords.

Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs to address Whitechapel public meeting for renters to know their legal rigjhts. Picture: Mike Brooke Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs to address Whitechapel public meeting for renters to know their legal rigjhts. Picture: Mike Brooke

The campaign continues following the launch of the Renters’ Charter by Tower Hamlets Council in July.

“Some landlords are abusing the system,” Mayor John Biggs warned. “My message to them is that we’ll come for them if they break the rules. More people are in the private rented sector, often with several people living in one household. But we are committed to drive up standards to ensure a fair deal for renters.’’

Monday’s meeting starting 5.30pm is at the East London Mosque’s Maryam centre at 45 Fieldgate Street. The Mayor and his deputy both plan to address the meeting, while council staff are there to give information on tenants’ rights and to answer questions.

The Renters’ Charter was set up by the mayor to make sure private tenants know their legal rights and get protection against rogue landlords, illegal evictions and dangerous conditions.

It demands fair terms with no rent rise during fixed tenancy period, no “hidden surprises”, making sure annual gas safety checks are carried out and having working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors installed. It also demands “homes free from damp and mould”.

Deptuty Mayor Siraj Islam... “Population pressures on housing are no excuse for landlords to avoid legal responsibilities.” Picture: Mike Brooke Deptuty Mayor Siraj Islam... “Population pressures on housing are no excuse for landlords to avoid legal responsibilities.” Picture: Mike Brooke

Deputy Mayor Siraj Islam, the council’s Cabinet member for housing, said: “We have a large and growing population. But the pressures on private housing can never be an excuse for agents and landlords to avoid their legal responsibilities, or failing to treat tenants with respect.”

The charter follows the council’s Landlord Registration scheme set up last year covering a large swathe of Spitalfields, Whitechapel and Bethnal Green, after renters lobbied the town hall protesting at lack of tenancy security and exorbitant letting agents’ fees.

Campaign coordinator Glenn McMahon said at the time: “Forking out exorbitant fees to agents forces many people to borrow or cut back on basics like food, just to put a roof over their head.”

Renters were facing indiscriminate evictions on a landlord’s whim, usually for complaining about lack of repairs or maintenance and in one case a complaint about dangerous structure.

Private renting has reached 46,000, or 40 per cent of Tower Hamlets properties, having overtaken the 36pc council and social housing, with the population influx set to rise by another 74,000 in the next decade.

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