A recent article in the Guardian Newspaper, has placed Cambridge & Peterborough in 3rd place, behind London and the West of England, for having the highest median monthly private rents!
This news has come as no surprise to me!
I was literally speaking with a local resident of Gunthorpe the other day, who was complaining how his rent, for a single bedroom property had risen from £450 to £495 a month, in recent months.
I know that in the same area, about 4 years ago, similar properties were being rented for around £350 a month!
In my opinion, we need a City Council and Government committed to ending the insecurity for private renters by introducing controls on rent rises, more secure tenancies, landlord licensing and new consumer rights for renters.
We also need to empower tenants to call time on bad landlords by giving renters new consumer rights.
Renters are spending £9.6 billion a year on homes that the government classes as ‘non-decent’.
Around a quarter of this is paid by housing benefit.
A Labour government would introduce new legal minimum standards to ensure properties are ‘fit for human habitation’ and empower tenants to take action if their rented homes are sub-standard.
As always please let e know YOUR thoughts and opinions below!
Elected as City Councillor for the Gunthorpe area, in 2004. Hold the record for 2nd youngest councillor in Peterborough's history. Governor at Gunthorpe Primary School.