Tackling the London Housing Crisis



Under David Cameron and Nick Clegg, London is in the grip of a desperate housing crisis. House building has fallen to the lowest levels since the 1920s. As a result of the Government’s failure to build enough new homes:

  • Buying a house is increasingly out of reach for most Londoners.
  • The cost of renting has spiralled out of control.
  • Londoners have to move further away from their friends and family and live in increasingly overcrowded homes.

Tackling the housing crisis is Labour’s number one priority in London

Labour believes all Londoners should have the right to a stable and affordable home. We will act to make buying and renting a home in London more affordable and secure:

  • We will start a massive increase in house building – to at least 200,000 homes a year.
  • We will give renters more security in their homes by making three year tenancies standard.
  • We will end sky-high rents by putting a cap on annual rent increases.
  • We will ban letting agents from charging fees to tenants – saving you up to £350 a year.
  • We will clamp down on empty homes and ensure properties are advertised in the UK first.


Sadiq Khan, Shadow London Minister, said:

“We can’t reduce the cost of living in London without making housing more affordable. Under David  Cameron and Nick Clegg, house building has fallen to the lowest levels since the 1920s. Only Labour will take the radical action needed to tackle London’s housing crisis.

"We will massively increase house building, make renting more affordable and secure, tackle empty homes and ban letting agencies from charging fees to tenants. Our message to Londoners is clear – if you want to get the cost of housing under control vote Labour in May 2015.”


Sign our petition:

"The Tories remain out of touch and are leaving Londoners out of pocket. I support Labour’s action to scrap rip-off letting fees and bring down the cost of renting."

Show your support and share your story on how the rising costs of renting is affecting you

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signed 2015-09-19 20:24:57 +0100
London is the most unaffordable place in the world (in terns price to earnings), if we exclude some places like Ukraine and Syria where there is war and no job a all. Rents and house prices in London are unsustainable, I hope interest rates will raise soon and help to buy to stop to make prices to go down and allow people to buy a roof over their head and giving all their income to already super rich landlords.
signed 2015-09-09 11:28:35 +0100
signed 2015-05-15 16:34:19 +0100
Rising rents mean I now live in zone 5, so the difference is made up on travel anyway. Moved in and the flat wasn’t clean (bed-bug infestation, which estate agents then lied about being sorted) our boiler has no pressure gagues, our heating doesn’t work properly and no one will listen to us. Our estate agents don’t take us seriously and ignore our emails yet when rent is one day late they go crazy. Have been looking for other places to live closer to work but I can’t afford it. When I was at the Job centre Barnet they would ask me “How much do you pay on rent?” when I told them they were all shocked saying isn’t that expensive…but it’s normal so it shows how ot of touch Job Centres are (that’s another argument I know). Moving back to Birmingham, to my moms, after the lease is up which means any dreams I had of working in theatre will be harder to realise. I’m 24.
signed 2015-05-14 19:26:48 +0100
I have ended up moving 3 times in 6 months. I’m tall 6 foot 4 and had a back injury which makes things harder, as ideally need longer than average bed. Chance of getting a room big enough and also landlord / place that is ok with me getting rid of their bed and buying own larger one? Few and far between. Cuts my number of potential habitats hugely, before I get to who I’d be living with and rest of place.
signed 2015-04-24 21:39:14 +0100
signed 2015-04-24 14:51:15 +0100
signed 2015-04-11 21:00:22 +0100
I am completely dissatisfied with my housing condition. A flat I’m privately renting has serious damp problems. The walls of the bedroom and the living room are covered with mould. The flat has only two small old radiators, there are no heating in the bathroom and in the kitchen. The temperature in my flat last winter was 15, 16 degrees. The last winter I had shower only 1 of 2 times a week, most of the time I have been forced to wipe my body with the special wipes before bed time.

The Barnet council refused even to include me into the waiting list.

I am 62 years old disabled woman, I am not happy to spend the rest of my life in this condition. I want to be rehoused.

Thank you.

signed via 2015-04-10 14:44:09 +0100
posted about this on Facebook 2015-04-09 14:52:10 +0100
Sign the petition: Ban unfair letting fees. Cap annual rent increases. Make 3 year tenancy agreements. Build 200,000 new homes. #LondonHousingCrisis
signed 2015-04-09 14:15:30 +0100
signed 2015-04-03 14:11:35 +0100
Struggling to survive in London, i work full time and my rent is 70% of my pay, thats just for a small bedsit room, the other 30% goes on bills and travel to work. I work in a kitchen and eat at work, If i am off work, like now for easter, i don’t eat, unless i borrow from my bank.
signed 2015-03-29 21:06:05 +0100
Struggling to pay rent (over half of my salary) as a single, full-time professional.
signed 2015-03-24 15:14:40 +0000
My experience of housing at the moment is aboutly dreadful, heartrending and devastating.

Right now i am looking for a home to live, i do not know what to do. I do hope someone with good heart will come to my rescue.
signed 2015-02-27 19:34:59 +0000
I did sent a letter to you before reading this interesting and absolutely necesary campaign responding to a GENERAL CLAIM.

Please read my letter and count with my support (not politically founded interest)to stop this terribly clear signals of whta´s becoming living in a big city.The lack of access to the property for a majority in between are the younger, the future;the sky-high rents to unbelievable prices in relation to the place rented,not affordable even for a person in the labour market, paying taxes by the way;the expulsion and disqualification of colectives like DSS or people with dogs (this could sound anecdotic but it is not it is a signal and a proof the absolut irrespect from the landlords and agencies lobby in relation to people requirements or necesities),the insecurity in all senses that this situation create in the people´s values and beliefs,the dereliction of duty of the athorities to this founding matter making a delegation of this fundamental government role in obscure hands.

carlos bernier losa
signed 2015-02-14 12:24:05 +0000
signed 2015-02-11 19:26:01 +0000
signed via 2015-02-06 23:17:26 +0000
I am renting privately with no hope of ever owning my flat in inner or outer Lodon. I also have no possibility of getting into social housing.

Private landlords have turned a basic need called accomodation, into a highly profitable investment product or multi-million pound business.

It turns housing into a luxury product that only the wealthy can afford. But the truth is that no-one can suvive without a roof over their heads. ¡Liberal capitalism applied to housing is unethical and obscene!
signed via 2015-02-01 13:16:51 +0000
signed 2015-01-29 21:46:54 +0000
Unaffordable for ordinary working people on low incomes and the worst aspect is that anyone asking for housing benefit has their rent ignored in the Council Tax calculation and vice versa. It takes working people on low wages down to the same level of income as people who don’t work and makes work not worthwhile.
signed 2015-01-23 11:09:25 +0000
signed 2015-01-19 01:07:34 +0000
My experience is that i am divorced and 52 years old and I live in a studio flat £800 a month and only now the bills are included but before wasn’t,so that helps. Still a lot of money and makes it difficult to leave the housing benefit so we have to keep under 16 hours work, if we have a full time job we have less than half of our wages and not enough to pay bills and money that people are in death to banks, etc…

I think we should freeze the prices of gas ,electricity and rents for a few years to see the difference

How better off people will be, specially people on minimum wages.

Would incentivate people to work more hours and keep their head above water.


signed 2015-01-14 22:42:15 +0000
Moved from London because it was too expensive to afford rent, all my family and friends live there but my parents cannot afford it. I would love to move back one day.
signed 2015-01-08 12:38:39 +0000
The standard one year contracts on rental properties result in having to pay fees (renewal or new property) every year (for nothing) and there is no security for good tenants.
signed 2015-01-07 08:30:14 +0000
signed 2015-01-05 12:16:25 +0000
signed 2015-01-01 14:07:21 +0000
signed 2014-12-17 15:59:58 +0000
London used to be a cool place, I have wanted to move there for years. I’m going to uni there next September but by the time I graduate, I won’t be shocked if I can’t afford to stay there, and/or it has become a boring, clean, rich city by then.

I prefer cities to small towns, maybe I’ll just fuck off to Manchester or Birmingham so I can live without chasing pennies.

Will be 18 in March, LABOUR I’m Voting for you!!!!!!!
signed 2014-12-02 01:31:38 +0000
signed 2014-11-17 20:42:50 +0000
Houses earn more than workers – this can’t be right!
signed 2014-11-17 11:52:23 +0000
We need to give those renting an opportunity to get into the housing market, my daughter and her husband have just moved into rented accommodation to have a room for their son, and at £700 per month have no chance of finding a deposit. What we need is a law to allow peoples rental record to be used as security for a no deposit mortgage, where she lives in Lincoln her mortgage would be less than the rent. To prevent the housing market overheating you would have to keep house prices to inflation rate only. You may lose the votes of landlords and house builders but you will gain votes from millions of people who are renting or supporting their children.

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