Have your say on renting privately in Brent

19 May 2021

If you rent privately in Brent, we would like you to share the day-to-day issues that affect your quality of life through a survey run by Future of London on behalf of Brent council.

Approximately 130,000 people live in the private rental sector throughout the borough. Anyone who rents a room, a flat or a house in the borough can participate in the survey. The council is keen to hear from as many private tenants as possible, many of whom may have had to put up with shoddy living conditions at premium prices or dodgy landlords.

Last year's independent commission investigating poverty in the borough heard compelling evidence from residents, politicians and expert local and national organisations about the impact of overcrowded, poor quality and expensive housing.

One in six households (17%) in Brent lives below the poverty line, doubling (to 33%) after considering housing costs. Such housing costs often leave people with very little to spend on other essentials like utilities and food. 

The links between stable, affordable housing and employment and education are also clear. The council is keen to learn more about the issues that people are facing.

Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Brent's Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, said: 

"Brent is a popular place to rent a home because of our fantastic transport links, wonderful green spaces and diverse and uplifting cultural scene. For lots of people, renting is the right solution and provides the flexibility they need.

 “Unfortunately, we also know that many people find themselves paying incredibly high rents for poor quality, insecure housing. This is not fair and only serves to perpetuate inequality. 

 “If you rent in the borough, please do fill in the survey as it will help the council understand what more can be done to improve the quality of life for the thousands of renters in the borough."

Future of London is running the survey, which will take no longer than ten minutes to complete and is open until Monday, 31 May 2021, on Brent Council's behalf.

 All respondents to the survey will be in with a chance of winning a £50 gift voucher.