Rent Control Now!
Half a million of us have to borrow money to pay the rent – despite being in work. 1 in 3 renters are struggling.
We’re paying upward of 50% of our income on rent, in some places more like 75% – and that’s only an average. For many individuals households, the rent far outstrips our income.
Take Nadine Masseron, quoted in the BBC:
“Every year the estate agent tries to put up the rent by £50 a month. Every year I go through that, begging, pleading, ‘please don’t’.”
But even at its present level, Nadine Masseron – a single mother from Wokingham in Berkshire – cannot afford to pay her rent.
To make ends meet, she borrows money on a credit card. She has £6,000 of debt as a result. She works full-time as a sales manager for a health supplements company, with a second job as a natural health consultant at weekends.
“They call it a living wage. That doesn’t make sense. That is a bare-faced lie,” she says. “It’s not a living wage if you cannot afford to live anywhere on that wage.”
2/3 of renters are now families with young children, millions now being pushed into poverty due to housing costs
Enough. It’s time for rent control. Sign on if you agree >>