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Brixton let down

Earlier today, we joined the Brixton housing campaigners in a day of action against extortionate rents and letting agents taking place across London.

The 'Let-down' was organised as a day of London-wide action to highlight how private renters are being let down by poor standards, sky-high rents and extortionate bogus letting agents' fees.

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Cult following

The police presence during the action was at best mind-boggling. As the campaigners were gathering in Windrush Square, they were first approached by two community wardens, who just wanted to know what was happening. We observed one police van parked in a nearby street. A van followed us up Brixton Hill towards the first letting agent, then parked 'inconspicously' in Baytree Road. The two community wardens stood, as inconspicuously, across the road. Walking down Brixton Hill towards the town centre, with the 'police protection' (in shape of the same van), a couple more police stopped to make sure everything was in order.

The letdown begins

About a dozen people gathered in Brixton, donned on the 'Community Housing Inspection' hi-vis vests and, armed with banners and home-made 'To Let' signs, went to visit the first estate agent, on Brixton Hill. A small group of activists went into the agents' office, only to find out they were actually prepared for the protest, as they found out about it through social media. We will publish the findings of the Community Housing Inspection as soon as they are available.

The action then proceeded to Foxtons. None of the agents were actually available to talk to local campaigners, but two 'rent-a-security' (hired for the day, according to one of them) immediately came out to, presumably, make sure none of the activists get in. Some time after we left, the campaigners awarded Foxtons 'The Worst Letting Agent' certificate.

Local residents who stopped by to chat were all fully supportive and shared their own concerns and experiences. We were utterly aghast to find out that one of the estate agents was marketing a studio flat on Brixton Hill for, you may want to sit down for this, £180 a week. That's £180 a week for rent alone. Add council tax, electricity, gas, water, phone and/or TV licence and we're talking at least £300 a week on rent and utility bills alone. And, to be able to earn the money, you will need to be able to eat (£80 a week), wear clothes (£5-£20 a week), stay clean (£10 a week for toiletries), stay healthy (not free for very much longer?!).  Is this the affordable housing we're soon to get on the Heygate?

Darren Johnson's interactive 'affordability' calculator for renting in London is a sobering reminder of just how bad things are.

Today's action is just the beginning of the many housing-related initiatives currently happening both in London and locally. Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth (HASL) is a recently formed group of local residents who organise together to support each other with housing problems, including bedroom and council tax benefits, and to take action to ensure everyone has a decent home. Next meeting will be in Brixton on 9th May, if you would like to get involved, please contact HASL by email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check the website.

Southwark Private Tenants are a new group bringing together private renters in Southwark to provide information and campaign for tenants rights. Check their Facebook page or drop them a line to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To find out more about Let Down, please visit the website or check the twitter #letdownrenters for an overview of all the actions which happened today.

Additional reports:

Haringey Housing Action Group

Haringey action video

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