Rev Andy Pakula joins the call to protect vulnerable tenants
In a demonstration outside the Town Hall last week, over fifty students urged the council to do more to tackle Hackney’s rogue landlords. The pupils are members of CitizensUK, the country's largest civil society alliance.
Rev Andy Pakula, minister of New Unity at Newington Green and a CitizensUK member, said: “Hackney Council should seriously consider equipping itself with additional powers to deal with those rogue landlords who make life so miserable for many people in the borough. The licence fees should cover the cost of inspection and enforcement. There should be no cost to taxpayers.”
A council spokesman confirmed it had received the petition and added that new proposals on renting will be published in the coming months.