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  • "The only way to ensure a level and consistent state of maintenance for rental properties is for a statutory requirement for a sinking fund to be provided by all landlords (or agents on their behalf) against each property to carry out such maintenance.

    The quantum of such a fund would be calculated from an initial survey of the property by a qualified surveyor setting out any works to put the building into repair prior to letting the property.

    Thereafter a planned preventative maintenance plan would schedule cyclical maintenance.

    This would allow the landlord to invest monies to give a return over time to pay for future maintenance with an allowance for emergency repairs. Legislation would have to stipulate that a certain level of funds are kept in the fund at all times to ensure it does not fall short.

    The monies for this are already taken in ground rent in communal properties. Correct legislation could implement the above both for communal properties and one of landlords/properties
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London tenants deserve better deal, says Leyton and Wanstead MP John Cryer

John Cryer

John Cryer

First published in Redbridge
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East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

An MP is urging his constituents to make their voices heard over high rental fees and poor living conditions in a London-wide consultation.

Leyton and Wanstead MP John Cryer has called for a “better deal” for private tenants, saying many are mistreated by landlords and letting agents and saying it is time to redesign the way renting works.

Mr Cryer spoke out as the Mayor of London Boris Johnson asks for Londoners’ opinions on renting in the capital through the London Rental Standard consultation.

Mr Cryer said: “Renting in Redbridge and Waltham Forest can be a nightmare. I urge my constituents to tell Boris to redesign it.

“I have many constituents who contact me daily about soaring rents, poor conditions and hidden letting agent fees. Local people need a better deal.

More than a quarter of local residents rent their homes. For thousands of people, renting isn’t a short term choice – it’s a permanent way of life.

“My fear is that the Mayor will only hear from landlords. And he will hear from letting agents. I want to make sure he hears what life is really like from the people most affected.

“Now we have a chance to tell the London Mayor what we think of renting in our area.”

People who rent are asked to visit www. to take part in the consultation.

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