‘We won’t pay’. Remembering the Kirkby rent strike

By Kerrie McGiveron (@kerriemcgiv)   ‘There is no doubt that the Kirkby development will be a very attractive one, and the standards of designs, not only for the layout, but in the individual dwellings will be high.’[1] Ronald Bradbury, Architect and Director of Housing for Liverpool, 1953   ‘I wonder if they built these flats …

Take Action! Oppose Government’s Planning Reforms

By the Manchester Local Plan Coalition   Please read the letter below and this article in the Manchester Meteor. If you are as concerned as we are, please use this model letter to email your MP. This letter was sent to Andy Burnham and the leaders of the ten Greater Manchester Local Authorities on 7th January, 2021:  …

Eviction Inequality: Landlord lobby win concessions in new government regulations

By Lily Gordon Brown (@lilygbrown)   Covid-19 has frequently been depicted by as a virus that “does not discriminate”. Epidemiologically speaking, this is correct. So long as it can find someone — anyone — to latch onto and thus spread, it will continue to live aggressively amongst us for the months ahead. However, looking at …

5,000 students are going on rent strike: on the past and future of our movement

By Matthew Lee   We republish in full Matthew Lee’s excellent essay on the unfolding confrontation between students and university management across the country. It was originally published by the 68 collective.   We are in the midst of one of the largest student rebellions since the 1970s1. 200 students at the University of Manchester …

“To stay home, you have to have a home” – extend the evictions ban!

By GMLC staff (@gmlawcentre)   On 11th January 2021, the government’s “winter truce” on residential evictions is due to end, leaving more tenants vulnerable to eviction this winter in the middle of the COVID second wave. The business evictions ban has already been extended to March 2021, but tenants still await news on the situation …

An end to landlordism

By Beth Stratford (@beth_stratford)   Buy To Let landlords have played such a big role in inflating the current housing bubble, that serious attempts to rein in landlord extractivism would likely trigger a house price crash. The vast majority of voters are home owners. So how can we persuade governments to end the exploitation and …

The Berlin Rent Cap: can it be applied to the UK?

By Siobhan Donnachie (@Siobhan_e_d)     To most people, receiving a letter from your Landlord stating you are entitled to a significant rent reduction would seem like a cruel and sadistic joke. Last month my housemates and I received a letter from the real estate company managing our apartment saying our rent would be cut …