The rental manifesto


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Sunday Times Exclusive.

The Green Party’s Sian Berry is a long-term renter who wants a union to protect tenants from bad landlords.

Sian Berry is 42, yet has no room to display her handmade retro-print scatter cushions. “I like my cushions — I made them. But I don’t have enough sofas.” That’s because the Green Party politician, who came third in this year’s mayoral election, behind Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith, lives in a rented studio above a shop on a busy high street in north London.

“I’ve rented for exactly half my life,” she concludes, after adding up the years spent in six successive tenancies. At least she doesn’t need a bucket to flush the loo today, as she did when…

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