Hundreds of people will hit the streets across England on Saturday in a rent protest over the country’s “broken” rental system.
Rent union ACORN will hold rallies in London, Sheffield, Brighton, Walsall, Leeds and Newcastle calling on MPs to take note of renters’ concerns over costs, security and living conditions ahead of the upcoming Renters’ Reform Bill.
The long-delayed reforms, which were first announced in 2019, are intended to scrap no-fault evictions to prevent landlords from evicting tenants without giving a reason as well as exploring a national landlords’ register.
The Westminster government has said the white paper will be published in the next few weeks.
“From families facing eviction, to those forced to live in unsafe housing, to people shut out of the housing market and pushed away from their communities by runaway rents, private renting in England is broken. Renters urgently need and deserve better,” said Anny Cullum, ACORN’s policy and research officer.
ACORN has been among 20 housing organisations in the Renters Reform Coalition – also including Shelter, Citizens’ Advice and Crisis – calling for no-fault evictions to be axed.