In this guest post, Ross and our friends at Greater Manchester Housing Action give us the low down on their campaigning, organising and movement building for housing justice in Manchester. Check it out...
This week, the government will unveil its White Paper on housing, which will set out its housing strategy for England. It will signal that the government is beginning to wake-up to the growing number of renters in the UK, and the growing number of issues we face. Above all it is a recognition of organisations like us, Generation Rent and others in the renters rights movement, who, in a short time, have shifted renting firmly onto the agenda.
It was dark, freezing cold - probably below zero. Some of us had never done ‘outreach’ work before, and were a little nervous. Maybe nobody would even answer, we thought to ourselves. But we went out anyway. Why? Because this is how movements are built.
When the Chancellor announced that the government would ban letting agent fees to tenants, agents went into meltdown. It was hardly surprising, as years of double charging fees to both landlords and tenants has been a nice little earner for letting agents.