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Hackney introduces letting fees ban without waiting for government

first_imgHome » News » Hackney introduces letting fees ban without waiting for government previous nextRegulation & LawHackney introduces letting fees ban without waiting for governmentLondon borough calls on all agents in area to get rid of fees, and first agent has signed up.Nigel Lewis1st August 201701,392 Views The London Borough of Hackney has launched a voluntary letting fees ban ahead of the government’s ban expected next year.The borough has called on all letting agents within its borders to “stop unfair charges for private renters” including processing, amending or renewing a tenancy agreement.The initiative is part of the borough’s Better Renting Campaign to promote a fairer renting for the 32,000 households who rent from private landlords within Hackney.“We have long called on the Government to take action to stop this extortionate financial burden placed on private renters,” says recently-elected Labour councillor Sem Moema (pictured, left), who is also a housing advisor to the borough’s directly-elected mayor.“The new housing minister, Alok Sharma, must resist the strong voice of the letting agent lobby and push through this legislation without delay.“But while it’s vital action, a lettings fee ban tackles the symptoms, not the causes, of the housing crisis.“In the absence of any real change on the ground, we’re taking matters into our own hands and are working directly with local letting agents to create a fairer and more transparent private renting system in Hackney, starting now.”The campaign has the official support of one local letting agent so far, Julian Reid Estate Agents which has a branch office on Stoke Newington Church Street and lets and manages approximately 60 properties in the area.“We’ve always been aware that renting in London for tenants is a hugely expensive business and that some agents charge huge fees that puts a large burden on the tenants,” says owner Julian Reid (pictured, right).“A lot of tenants aren’t sure what they are going to be charged when they rent a property but we’ve always taken the view that we should be open and transparent.“We don’t charge lettings fees to tenants and have always taken a more ethical approach; we only charge a referencing fee but don’t charge any fees throughout the tenancy.“I don’t think the fact that we don’t charge fees puts us at a disadvantage against our competitors – it doesn’t make a big difference to our business.” julien reid hackney lettings fee ban sem moema August 1, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Week challenges all forms of intolerance

first_imgThrough StaND Against Hate Week, members of the Notre Dame community are aiming to raise awareness about and initiate the eradication of hatred on campus and nationwide. Sophomore Bryan Ricketts, co-president of PrismND, said the events are meant to foster an inclusive and loving environment on campus. He said the week is intended to raise awareness of the hatred faced by a wide variety of groups, including, but not limited to, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community. “We want to acknowledge the unjust hate and discrimination that many people undergo because of their race, socioeconomic status, gender or gender identity, or sexual orientation – parts of personhood that are attacked all too often,” Ricketts said. StaND Against Hate Week is sponsored by PrismND, the Gender Relations Center, and Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS). The Week included a “What It Means to Be an Ally Dinner” on Tuesday, as well as a forum about “The Power of Kindness” and a talk discussing bisexuals and transsexuals titled “What About the ‘B’ and the ‘T’?” on Wednesday. The series of events will conclude Thursday with a candlelight prayer service at the Grotto. Ricketts said he is especially pleased with the Wednesday event that will address the concerns of bisexual and transgender students. “I am most excited about Wednesday’s panel, ‘What About the ‘B’ and the ‘T’?’ Too often, bisexual and transgender students are left out of the conversation when their concerns are lumped with those of lesbians and gays,” Ricketts said. The panel aims to create a space where these groups can share their experiences and answer questions about bisexual and transgender communities, Ricketts said. “With our panels, we’re addressing two controversial but salient topics: the involvement of allies in helping end discrimination, and the lack of discussion about bisexual and transgender students in both straight and LGBTQ communities,” Ricketts said. “Especially in the case of transgender students, this is a topic that campus has been silent on.” PrismND passed out T-shirts Monday to show support for all students. Ricketts said bringing people together to talk about issues of hatred will remind people that no one should be left out and that the University should continuously work to increase inclusion and respect. Student body president Alex Coccia said student government wants to ensure students feel welcome and safe on campus and have a sense of ownership of their learning environment. “We are very supportive of the efforts of PrismND, the Gender Relations Center and MSPS to host StaND Against Hate Week to promote an inclusive environment to all, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression,” Coccia said. “This week is an opportunity for us to make clear that we are a student body who are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.” PrismND is Notre Dame’s LGBTQ and Ally student organization, and this is its first year as a club, Ricketts said. “We provide a safe space for LGBTQ students and their allies to develop community, engage in programming and service, such as StaND Against Hate Week, and discuss things relevant to them and their lives, both on campus and outside it,” he said. Ricketts said he worked as part of the initial group of students who implemented PrismND on campus. “StaND Against Hate Week, for me, has been a time to talk about topics that are frequently left unaddressed by the LGBTQ community and by those who interact with it,” Ricketts said. “It’s a way to be honest and open with ourselves and others about how our actions have real and lasting effects, and the responsibility each of us has to be understanding and respectful.” Contact Meg Handelman at [email protected]last_img read more

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