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Londoners Are Sharing Horror Stories About The Capital's Housing Market

Mould? Check. Overcrowding? Check. Ceiling falling in and ruining possessions? Check and check.

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Welcome to London – a beautiful city, but one with a fairly significant housing problem.

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The shortage of affordable housing has become one of the biggest talking points in the lead-up to the London mayoral elections on 5 May.

Generation Rent, an organisation advocating for better housing in London, started the hashtag #VentYourRent to demonstrate the varied problems faced by renters.

The campaign comes as the average rent for a two-bedroom flat in London is expected to pass £2,000 this summer, according to Property Wire.

The stories were uncomfortably familiar to many Londoners.

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But that didn't make them any less shocking.

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Some were particularly awful.

Moved in in January, to find no beds, heating or curtains. Plants were growing through the kitchen floor. £600pcm, SW17 #ventyourrent

Ceiling fell through cos of flood in flat above, owned by same landlord. Evicted for complaining when he wouldn't repair it. #ventyourrent

And others just dangerous.

Terrible landlords were a running theme.

Was threatened by my agent with slander case for exposing their fraudulent gas safety certificate. #VentYourRent

There were many claims of landlord negligence.

£1300 for a 2 bedroom in Streatham. Can't afford it but had to move urgently, got evicted after a landlord negligence fire. #ventyourrent

Landlord turned heating off weeks ago when it snowed today (also pretends he lives here for tax, walks in whenever he wants) #ventyourrent

The Green Party's mayoral candidate, Sian Berry, even shared her renting story.

Got home today to a letter saying my rent is going up again. Not good timing anytime except as a contribution to #ventyourrent @genrentuk

Dan Wilson Craw, policy manager at Generation Rent, said the campaign highlighted the shocking state of the rental market in London.

"The one thing that has jumped out was that there's a lot of people whose ceilings have fallen in, which is a bit surprising and worrying," he told BuzzFeed News.

Craw, who said the campaign was designed to get Londoners motivated ahead of the mayoral elections, warned there were too many stories about "really badly behaved landlords and letting agents".

Rose Troup Buchanan is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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