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Sadiq Khan again calls for rent controls as costs in Hackney soar by £6,000 a year

PUBLISHED: 11:50 04 November 2019 | UPDATED: 11:05 05 November 2019

Sadiq Khan has called for rent controls in London. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Sadiq Khan has called for rent controls in London. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA

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Renters in Hackney are paying £6,000 a year more than they were in 2012, new figures show.

The average private rent for the borough has increased from £1,213 per month in 2012 to £1,712 per month this year.

The stats were published by City Hall, and mayor of London Sadiq Khan has reiterated calls for rent controls in the capital as first laid out in his Reform Private Renting report this summer.

His proposals include establishing a new London Private Rent Commission, with renters on its board, to implement and enforce measures to reduce rents and keep them down.

Other recommendations include introducing open-ended tenancies and increasing landlord-to-tenant notice periods to four months.

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Mr Khan said: "Ever-increasing rents are hitting Londoners hard.

"My plans set out how rent control would be carefully designed to bring down rents for Londoners whilst making sure there is investment in new and existing housing."

The mayor has no control over rents, but has demanded the government gives him more power to bring London in line with other major cities such as Berlin and New York.

Hackney has more than 3,000 families living in temporary accommodation, usually for years.

Hackney's mayoral advisor for private renting Cllr Sem Moema said: "These figures will come as no surprise to the tens of thousands of private renters in Hackney - including many families with children and older people on low incomes - who have seen their rents rocket in recent years while their income fails to keep pace.

"That's why we've recently told the government that - as well as ending Section 21 no fault evictions - Hackney's 34,000 private renters need rent controls. I look forward to working with the Mmayor of London Sadiq Khan to make this a reality."

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