I welcomed the recently statements from the Mayor about introducing rental caps in London. Obviously these will need to be made in conjunction with more affordable housing made available, to be effective. But I'd like to raise attention on another important issue, which is rogue landlords. When I used to rent, I lived for three times in a flat with the landlord living in it; technically I was not a tenant but a lodger. Lodgers, compared to tenants, do not benefit from the same rights unfortunately and this needs to change. Specifically, people who rent a room sharing the house with the landlord, cannot put their deposit in a trust as tenants do. This means that the landlord keeps their deposit himself and can do whatever he wants with it: in all three cases, the landlords made up excuses to not return to me the whole of my deposit, basically stealing half of it from me (making up that he had to pay for damages caused by me etc; all lies). I could not do anything about that because, as a lodger, my deposit was not safeguarded by the law and the landlord was not obliged to put it in a trust until the end of my contract. Also, in one case, my landlord was abusing me and other female lodgers in the house, knocking at our door at 10pm at night, saying that we had left a small stain of oil on the cooker or a breadcrumb on the table and that we had to clean it etc.He kept CCTV in the house to monitor our movements etc. I went to the police at one point and they told me that because that was "his house" there was nothing they could do to help me, neither could they give him a warning or anything. This was disgraceful. More safeguards should be introduced and as soon as possible, to protect the rights of people living with landlords. Another of these 2 landlords, used to charge us lodgers for damages to pans etc which pre-dated our arrival. Both of these landlords were "regularly" registered on the landlord registry; but as you can see, this didn't stop them abusing us.