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    #PlayFairSantander! National Day Of Action

    Private tenants in the UK already pay the highest rent in Europe (1). In the last decade, average rents have increased faster than wages (2). Now it has been revealed that Santander Bank, who made £2billion profit last year, have been forcing up rents since 2011.

    Buried deep in Santander's buy-to-let mortgage contracts is a hidden term that forces landlords to "get written advice from a qualified valuer” and “take all steps to ensure that [it] leads to the maximum increase in the rent which can reasonably be achieved".

    Today we take our first National Action, calling on Santander to drop the clause and drop the rents! Join us to deliver our petition and tell Santander customers what's up!

    WHEN
    February 18, 2017 at 12pm
    WHERE
    Santanders' nationwide
    United Kingdom
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    Thank you so much for being involved.

    Inequality - in housing, income, health, power and lots more - is the biggest challenge facing our society. Next year our own community organising will face funding and staffing pressures. There’s much to do in 2017 but if 2016 is anything to go by we’ll face it in the best way we know how - standing strong together.

    Thank you and hey, Happy New Year!

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