Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9780745336466 Published August 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

The Rent Trap

How We Fell into It and How We Get Out of It

Samir Jeraj and Rosie Walker

The Rent Trap

Samir Jeraj and Rosie Walker

Distributed for Pluto Press

176 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2016
Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9780745336466 Published August 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Deregulation, revenge evictions, corruption, and day-to-day instability: these are realities becoming ever more familiar for those of us who rent our homes or apartments. At the same time, house prices are skyrocketing and the promise of homeownership is now an impossible dream for many. This is the rent-trap, an inescapable consequence of market-induced inequality.
 
Samir Jeraj and Rosie Walker offer the first in-depth case study of the private rental sector in the United Kingdom, exploring the rent-trap injustices in a first-world economy and exposing the powers that conspire to oppose regulation. A quarter of British MPs are landlords; rent strike is almost impossible; and sudden evictions are growing. Nevertheless, drawing on inspiration from movements in the United Kingdom, continental Europe, and elsewhere, The Rent Trap shows how people are starting to fight back against the financial burdens, health risks, and vicious behavior of landlords, working to create a world of fairer, safer housing for all—lessons that extend well beyond the borders of the UK.
Contents
Series Preface
Acknowledgement
1 The Rent Trap
2 No Rights
3 No Money
4 No Home
5 No More?
6 The History of Private Renting
7 The Inequality Machine
8 What Else is There?
Appendix: How to Take Your Landlord to Court by Dirghayu Patel
Notes
Index
 
Review Quotes
Times Literary Supplement
"Walker and Jeraj’s survey of life for those who rent their homes from private landlords aims to rally tenants to seek change. Stories of households at the sharp end of high rents, poorly maintained homes, thuggish landlords and predatory estate agents are backed up by statistics, history and law to paint a picture of a failing sector."
Peace News
"Putting this book into the context of peace activism made me consider why, if war-time governments were able to impose rent restrictions, our own government can leave its own citizens to the mercy of rich and powerful landlords – and create policies that focus more on access to credit than making sure that all citizens are adequately housed."
Danny Dorling, author of All That is Solid
“It is time to change what is possible. Rents are too high. Rights are minimal. The market has failed. Rosie Walker and Samir Jeraj have explored all the possible escape routes and found the way out.”
Shiv Malik, co-author of Jilted Generation
“Every private renter in the UK needs to buy this book so they can realise just how victimised they truly are by a housing situation that's rapidly destroying the chances of millions of people to live a decent life.”Shiv Malik, co-author of Jilted Generation
 
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