By Jasmine Braithwaite
Labour promise major reforms to the private renting sector if elected on May 7th.
Labour hope these changes will end the exploitation of many students and families who are forced to pay lettings agents fees before they can rent a property.
Chris Summers, Labour candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip says: “One of the main improvements for students that a Labour government would introduce is reforms to the private rented sector.
"Labour will make it illegal for lettings agents to charge any fees to tenants. Any money the lettings agents will get must come from the landlords.
"Labour will also make other changes which will benefit tenants. Personally I would like to see them go further and introduce rent controls.”
The Party also hope to introduce long term fixed tenancies with a rent cap to give families and students stability.
However, not everyone agrees this is a good idea. Conservative mayor Boris Johnson told the BBC he believed rent controls would be a “disastrous policy.”
Brunel student Ikran Dahir said : “Living off campus has been a nightmare for me. Landlords don’t want to give students the chance to even get a tenancy, and if they do then lettings agents want you to pay extortionate fees for no reason. It’s not fair and I hope all Party’s can take this on board.”