Tell the government to end the rent debt crisis

1 July 2020 — Generation Rent

“While the immediate public health effects of coronavirus are subsiding to a degree, the economic impact is only just starting to be felt. So if nothing else is put in place huge numbers of tenants will be unable to pay their rent and will lose their homes as a result.”

That’s what our Policy Manager Caitlin told MPs on the Housing Committee on Monday.

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June 27 – #CantPayWontPay Day of Action

19 June 2020 — London Renters Union

The government has announced a 2 month extension of the eviction ban – the first victory of the Can’t Pay Won’t Pay campaign.

Research by the Resolution Foundation showed that hundreds of thousands of renters across London are in debt to their landlord. Unless the government cancels rent debt and makes the eviction ban permanent, renters will remain in huge danger.

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UK: 3 weeks to protect renters from eviction

3 June 2020 — Generation Rent

Generation Rent
In just three weeks, the Government’s eviction ban comes to an end. We need your help to prevent renters losing their homes in a public health crisis.

Homeowners have had their mortgage holidays extended, but renters have heard nothing. 1 in 8 renters are behind with rent payments, and will be at risk of eviction and homelessness when the ban ends.

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Protect renters during coronavirus!

8 April 2020 — London Renters Union

London Renters Union

 To: Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Sign the Petition

Campaign created by London Renters Union LRU
Protect renters during coronavirus!

Rent payments should be suspended for all renters. Emergency laws should be introduced so that no one is evicted from their home during the Coronavirus pandemic or in the aftermath. The 216,000 empty homes in the UK should be used to provide housing to people who need it.

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Eviction Brixton: creating housing insecurity in London By Hannah Schling

22 July 2013 — Open Security

The marketisation of access to housing security is central to the increasingly normative experience of housing precarity in London. Lambeth Council’s eviction of long-term squatted and short-life housing co-op communities is pouring fuel onto the fire: making people homeless to clear the way for public housing stock sell-offs.

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China – Avoid the West’s Debt Overhead: A Land Tax is needed to hold down Housing Prices By Michael Hudson

22 July, 2013 — 

How can China avoid the “Western financial disease” – a real estate bubble followed by defaults and foreclosures? The U.S. and European economies originally sought to avoid this fate by taxing the location’s site value. A rent tax was the focus of Progressive Era reforms.

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Mrs. Thatcher’s Mean Legacy By Michael Hudson and Jeffrey Sommers

8 April, 2013 — Michael Hudson

The Queen Mother of Global Austerity and Financialization

We typically honor the convention to refrain from to speak ill of the recently departed. But Margaret Thatcher probably would not object to an epitaph focusing on how her political legacy was to achieve her professed aim of “irreversibly” dismantling Britain’s public sector. Attacking central planning by government, she shifted it into much more centralized financial hands – the City of London, unopposed by any economic back bench of financial regulation and “free” of meaningful anti-monopoly price regulation.

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