The Housing minister does not know how tenancy changes are being implemented. The Minister's Communities and Local Government advisors are not monitoring how landlords consult or use new fixed-term tenancies and other powers.
DCH is therefore calling for information on how Councils are consulting tenants on new tenancy policies, and if they are using fixed-term ('flexible') tenancies, up to 80% ('Affordable') rents, and other changes.
Austin Mitchell MP, Councillor Catherine West, Robert Taylor of National Organisation of Private Tenants, Carol Hayton and Eileen Short DCH, met the Housing Minister's advisors to highlight the urgent and growing housing crisis.
On right to buy, advisors confirmed that only extra sales above current predictions will be replaced, and new homes will be at up to 80% market rents, with fixed-term tenancies - not the secure, genuinely affordable and accountable homes desperately needed by the nearly 5 million people on council waiting lists.
Tenants, trade unions, councillors and MPs are demanding investment in secure, genuinely-affordable, and accountable council and other homes for rent.
What you can do
Help map how local Council(s) are consulting on changes to landlord/tenancy policies, and if they plan to use new fixed term tenancies, up to 80% ('Affordable')rents, other tenancy, homeless and waiting list changes. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org or PO Box 33519 London E2 9WW
Housing for the 99%: meet Sunday 13 May 11am The Grayston Centre, 28 Charles Square, London, N1 6HT (nearest tube: Old Street). Details: email@example.com
Southwark public meeting: Sat 19 May 3-5pm Peckham Settlement, Goldsmith Rd London SE15 5TF
Housing Emergency protest: Cut Rents not Benefits - No evictions due to benefit cuts from 9.15am outside Commonwealth Club London 25 Northumberland Avenue London WC2N 5AP, where Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud is defending attacks on benefits
DCH national meeting 12-4pm 23 June Sheffield Trades & Labour Club, 200 Duke St, S2 5QQ
Latest Housing Emergency Briefing here download and copy
Sign the Housing emergency statement here
Also sign and circulate this Council Housing epetition
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