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March 2016

The Rent Trap

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

Rosie Walker and Samir Jeraj

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'Every private renter in the UK needs to buy this book'
Shiv Malik, Guardian investigative journalist and co-author of Jilted Generation

'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'
Danny Dorling, author of All That is Solid (2015)

Deregulation, revenge evictions, parliamentary corruption and day-to-day instability: these are the realities for the eleven million people currently renting privately in the UK. At the same time, house prices are skyrocketing and the generational promise of home ownership is now an impossible dream for many. This is the rent-trap: an inescapable consequence of market-induced inequality. 

Rosie Walker and Samir Jeraj offer the first critical account of what is really going on in the private rented sector and expose the powers conspiring to oppose regulation. A quarter of British MPs are landlords, rent strike is almost impossible and snap evictions are growing, but in the light of these hurdles The Rent Trap shows how to fight back.

Drawing on inspiration from movements in the UK, Europe and further afield, The Rent Trap coheres current experiences of those fighting the financial burdens, health risks and vicious behaviour of landlords in an attempt to put an end to the dominant narratives that normalise rent extraction and undermine our fundamental rights.

Rosie Walker is a social policy writer and researcher interested in housing, inequality, employment rights and debt. She writes for publications including the Guardian, Observer and Independent. She was once evicted by her landlord for asking for a new chest of drawers. Samir Jeraj is a journalist who specialises in housing and worked as a city councillor. His work has appeared in the Guardian, the Independent and the New Internationalist.

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