Help Define What's An Affordable Rent

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 66 months ago
Help Define What's An Affordable Rent

As rents in the capital keep on going up and up, London Assembly Member Darren Johnson wants your help in coming up with a definition of an affordable rent.

Before the election, London Citizens got Boris Johnson to agree to work with them and local authorities to decide what an affordable rent should be (PDF), based on income not market rates. So far, there hasn't been much action from the Mayor's office – we already know that at least one pre-election pledge on housing didn't manage to come to Boris's attention, so Darren has decided to move matters along.

Darren publishes a handy and slightly terrifying tool that lets you work out which boroughs you can afford to rent in. The Mayor and government currently define affordable as 35% of take-home pay. Darren wants your ideas on how to make that definition better, as well as things City Hall can do to make London affordable for us all to live in. There's a feedback box on the website.

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Last Updated 24 August 2012

Louise Marie Holden

I currently pay 48% of my take home pay on my rent. I live in social housing.

Kenn Kavagna

Affordable rent should be just that affordable but with London in a housing shortage coupled with a large amount of buy to lets and private landlords rental prices have increased. In 2011 the inflation on private rents in London was 7%, almost double the rate of inflation on the average London wage.