Housing in Britain has already been in crisis for years – but while wages stagnate, rents outside London are now rising at their fastest rate since the financial crash.
After being told four out of nine workers were being made redundant – two with minimal notice – staff at Bristol’s Assembly Bakery are striking for better treatment.
With 445,000 tenants in arrears, it’s clear the landlord class is out of control. But rent controls can rein in their exploitation – and the movement backing the measure is growing.
A century ago, socialists demanded that housing should serve public need rather than private profit – that aspiration remains as relevant today, but it can only be realised under one condition: abolishing landlords.