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Community campaigner’s national nomination for housing campaign

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Chris Henry, leader of the Home Sweet Home campaign in Brighton & Hove, has been shortlisted for a national award by the community organisation Movement for Change. Mr Henry's nomination was for his role in leading the campaign for a fairer way to rent in the city and his work in looking at how a license for private landlords would raise standards and stamp out rogue landlords.

Chris, who is also the Labour Party candidate in Hangleton & Knoll, said: "It's a great honour to have been nominated but this was a team effort. We’ve spent 14 months listening to residents about problems in the private rented sector and then creating ideas to solve them.

“My nomination is testament to the hard work of everyone involved from across community groups. We can now look ahead to 2015 and say that landlord licensing is a possible solution to improving the 44,000 homes which fail to meet the Decent Homes Standard and where rent costs are eye-wateringly high.”

“I now have a commitment from Emma Reynolds, Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, that she will work with a Labour council in the city on implementing three year tenancies, ban letting agent fees and will stabilising rent prices.”

For more information on the Home Sweet Home campaign in Brighton & Hove see: http://southeast.movementforchange.org.uk/home_sweet_home

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