Against Landlords

Against Landlords:How to Solve the Housing Crisis

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When landlords always win and renters pay the price, what can be done?

Housing means prosperity and security for some; poverty, precarity and sickness for others. More people live in private rented accommodation than ever before, and rents rise without apparent reason. Homes are smaller every year, and nearly 20 per cent of tenants live in hazardous conditions. Homelessness is at a new high. Yet the government’s only solution is to promote homeownership.

Against Landlords shows that this crisis is not the product of happenstance or political incompetence. Government policy has intentionally split British citizens into homeowners and renters, two classes set on very different financial paths. In the UK, one out of every twenty-one adults is a landlord, and it is this group, and those who aspire to join it, represented by the political class.

In his radical new interpretation of the housing crisis, lawyer Nick Bano explains how this environment set the conditions for the Grenfell Tower fire and how it means a life of anxiety for the nation’s renters. It is a problem that stretches far beyond London and one inherently racist in nature.

Building more housing is not the solution. It is firstly a problem of the law, Bano argues, and reforms must sweep away the landlordism at the heart of the housing crisis and British political life.


  • A powerful weapon against those who think that building is the answer to everything

    Rowan MooreObserver
  • A devastating, forensic, careful, considered attack on the bustard landlords and every lie, nastiness and evil that they represent.

    Danny Dorling, author of Shattered Nation
  • One of the best and most rigorous explanations of how the current system is rigged in favour of landlords and why that needs to change.

    Vicky Spratt, author of Tenants