The Home Sweet Home campaign’s mission is to clean-up the rental market in the city and fight for a fairer deal for tenants. The campaign affects students as much as anyone so the Home Sweet Home team has taken the message to Brighton University at a meeting of over 40 people.
The meeting was used to launch a new ‘tenants guide’ to better inform students of their rights as tenants. The guide emerged from a long period of research by campaigners into what tenants felt were the most important issues that they faced in privately rented housing.
Labour Party members including activists from Brighton & Hove Young Labour also explained to the university students what has been achieved so far, including the success last week when meeting with Bill Randall, the Chair of Housing, on Brighton & Hove Council.
The meeting included speakers from the wider community and the rental sector, including Chris McDermott from the University of Sussex Chaplaincy, Gary Waller from the Southern Landlords Association, Andy Winter, from Brighton Housing Trust as well as Peter Kyle, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Hove & Portslade and Fliss Newton, Vice President for Well Being at Brighton Students Union.
Home Sweet Home leader, Chris Henry, said:
“Tonight has been great to see the strength of support that the campaign has gathered, and it’s great to know we have so many people behind us as we take the campaign for better private rented accommodation forward in the future.”
Peter Kyle spoke of his own experiences and said:
“Having gone through a similar experience at my time at university living in substandard housing, I regret bitterly that I didn't do something about it at the time and that I wasn't involved and working alongside other people and other students in the same position to try and make a difference, and that's the extraordinary thing that’s happening here today and that's really inspiring."
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