London Renters Shame Landlords On Social Media

James Drury
By James Drury Last edited 77 months ago
London Renters Shame Landlords On Social Media

Londoners are taking to social media to shame their landlords over poor living conditions and high rental costs, as part of a new campaign.

Organised by pressure group Generation Rent, tenants are writing their grievances down and tweeting them using the hashtag #VentYourRent. They're also being collated on the VentYourRent Tumblr.

Among those sharing their experiences was one person who said they paid £1,050 per month for a home in Hounslow which had mould; a woman who had a 12% hike in rent in Camden; and someone who said they had rats living in their home.

Dan Wilson Craw, policy manager at Generation Rent said: "The candidates for mayor describe London as the greatest city on Earth, but as long as growing numbers of people are paying huge sums to live in squalor, they'll have a lot of work to do to make that a reality.

"The hashtag #ventyourrent is unearthing the scale of common problems like damp and mice, all the way up to the most shocking experiences like poisoning, ceilings falling in and bullying landlords and letting agents. When London goes to the polls, the 2 million renters in this city need to make their voices heard."

Last Updated 27 April 2016