Bristol Letting Agents ‘Piper Property’ will become the first agents to be accredited under the new “Bristol Ethical Lettings Charter”, at our signing and launch event on Thursday night. Owner Peter Stephenson will speak on why he believes signing up is the right thing for his business and Bristol’s 43,000 renters.
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The Ethical Lettings Charter - developed by ACORN – calls for lower costs and fees for renters, more secure tenancies, safer, healthier homes, and a more professional property market.
Landlords and Letting Agents are invited to become accredited under the Charter by making either a Bronze, Silver or Gold level commitment, allowing further progress in time.
The Charter has been endorsed by:
Stephen Williams MP (Bristol West), who says;
“Our private rental sector is a vital asset, providing a home to 9 million people across the country. In the Bristol West constituency, over 40% of people live in the private rental sector (the 2nd highest in the UK), so I'm determined to root out the minority of rogue landlords that give it a bad name. ACORN’s charter has my full support – it is an innovative step that provides security for tenants by highlighting the best letting agencies and landlords. It also builds on what we have been able to achieve in government. We are working to end revenge evictions and to ensure transparency in letting agency fees, having already legislated for minimum energy efficiency standards and the same right of access to a housing ombudsman as social tenants.”
Thangam Debbonaire, Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate (Bristol West), who says;
“I’m delighted to support this excellent accreditation system for landlords and letting agencies in Bristol, which balances the needs, rights and responsibilities of tenants, landlords and agencies in an ethical and effective way. For landlords and letting agents, this is a way of showing your tenants and the competition that you practice to high standards and it’s a good start to building a relationship of trust with your tenants. For tenants, this is a means for you to identify who is a landlord or agent you can depend on. I’m proud that Bristol has an organisation like ACORN standing up for people’s rights to decent, affordable housing and look forward to working with them well into the future as we as a city increase the amount and quality of affordable, secure, energy-efficient housing”
Darren Hall, Green Party Parliamentary Candidate (Bristol West), who says;
“Housing is one of the basics, but more and more people are struggling to find somewhere they can call home. The ACORN charter is a brilliant step in the right direction, offering more security to tenants at the same time as helping landlords improve the quality of the tenure. By working together, everyone can benefit. Landlords that decide not to sign up are doing so for a reason, and should be challenged"
The Charter has also been endorsed by the UWE Student Union Council, housing association United Communities and youth charity 1625 Independent People.
ACORN has been running a high profile campaign supported by more 1700 Bristol renters against rip-off tenancy fees and unhealthy, insecure rental conditions.
43,000 Bristolians are renting and paying the highest average tenancy fees in the country. Nationwide, insecure tenancies are the biggest cause of homelessness, while 1 in 3 renters live in damp homes.
- March 05, 2015 at 7pm – 9pm
CWU Building 20 Church Rd
Bristol, Bristol BS59JA
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