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Labour calls for control on agents' fees and new landlord register

Labour’s candidate for the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has published his manifesto which returns to the party’s recent themes of criticising letting agents’ fees and calling for a ‘name and shame’ register of rogue landlords. 

Khan’s manifesto says that action is necessary as the capital’s private rental sector - currently 25 per cent of households - is likely to grow considerable. 

“I know from my visits across the city that more and more Londoners are finding it increasingly difficult to find somewhere to rent that is affordable. Many face letting agency fees that are too high and property standards that are too low. Most landlords treat their tenants well but I’m determined we will improve Londoners’ experience of private renting” Khan writes in the policy statement.

“I will fight for the Mayor and London councils to have a greater say in strengthening renters’ rights over tenancy lengths, rent rises, and the quality of accommodation. I’ll work with councils, landlords, tenants, and business to improve the private rented sector for both renters and for good landlords” he says.

Specifically Khan says he will do three things if he comes to power:

- set up a London-wide not- for-profit lettings agency for “good landlords” building on the work that councils have started, and “ending rip-off fees for renters”;

- work with borough councils to promote landlord licensing schemes “to drive up standards and make the case to government for London-wide landlord licensing”; 

- “name and shame rogue landlords and ensure tenants have access to this information online.” 

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