Campaigners fighting for fairer rents protested outside a housing group in Crouch End this morning.

Members of Haringey Solidarity Group and the Haringey Housing Action Group stood outside Smart Housing Group in Tottenham Lane from 8.30am to 9.30am to spread the word about bringing cheaper rents to the borough.

Martin Wood, who is part of Haringey Solidarity Group, said: “We are saying the problem is rents are too high and landlords are getting away with charging extortionate rents at the moment, which the Government is doing nothing about it."

Mr Wood is concerned companies, including Smart Housing Group, are encouraging tenants to move to other parts of the UK as housing benefits struggle to pay for high London rents.

He said: “We talk about community and the Tory Government talk about the big society, but this is breaking up the communities that are there.”

“I am in rented accommodation myself and I have a child in Haringey, if I had to uproot and move somewhere miles away, I wouldn’t be near friends or family and my kid would have to move schools.”

He said part of their mission is to make people aware that they should not have to stand for such high rent prices, and people are working to make positive changes.

He added: “A lot of people are quite isolated and are thinking the same thing but don’t think well ‘what can we do about it?’ If people think well at least some people are doing something about it, it makes them think they are not alone.”

The Smart Housing Group did not wish to comment about this morning's protest.