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Policies & Positions

Renters Reform Bill

ACORN, along with other organisations in the Renters Reform Coalition, is campaigning to make the upcoming Renters Reform Bill as transformative and positive for renters as possible. It is expected to come before parliament later in 2022.

We have been working within the coalition to produce a blueprint for the legislation, which is full of policies we think are practical, winnable and will make a big difference to renters' lives.

Read the renters' blueprint for reform here.

Check our Renters Reform Bill page for updates on the campaign.

 

Short Term Lets

The rise in short term holiday lettings such as AirBnB is having a devastating effect on some of the communities our members live in. ACORN members have seen short term holiday lets replace long term rental accommodation, meaning rents are going up and conditions are going down. In some areas of Wales, the rise in short term lets is breaking up communities where the Welsh language is spoken and threatening its endurance.  In some areas such as Cornwall and West Wales, the lack of long term residents has led to businesses closing down, schools struggling to get funding and NHS staffing crises. 

In early 2022 ACORN's Executive Committee debated these issues and adopted the following 12 point policy platform, a call to decision makers to act to halt and reverse the destructive effects short term lets are having on our communities and the housing sector.

Read our 12 point policy platform on short term lets here.

Renters Manifesto

Ahead of the 2019 General Election, renters organisations from across England came together to write a manifesto – calling on all parties to commit to radical change to fix the housing crisis.

This National Renter Manifesto set out the steps needed to ensure that everybody has a secure, affordable and decent home, and covers six key themes: Security, Affordability, Justice, Conditions, Discrimination, and Housing for People Not Profit.

Visit our Renters Manifesto page to read it in full.