Bristol Ethical Lettings Campaign

13 October 2016

“As an individual with a rogue landlord, you feel incredibly powerless, but coming together as a group is very empowering."

This project is run by local tenants, for local tenants. Residents wanted to campaign for access to good quality, affordable and stable housing without fear of being evicted.

They wanted to raise awareness of tenants’ rights, and encouraged private landlords and letting agents to sign up to a set of standards, outlined by their Ethical Lettings Charter.

“As an individual with a rogue landlord, you feel incredibly powerless, but coming together as a group is very empowering. Two landlords have spent well over £50,000 on repairs already."

A few weeks into the campaign, three letting agents and six landlords had signed the Charter, improving the housing situation of around 500 residents.

Bristol City Council adopted the Charter, the campaign has been featured in the press, and has attracted support of local politicians and councillors. By designing and delivering activities, residents feel empowered.

They see that working together can bring about change and this gives them the confidence to challenge bad practice.

 

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