A conference held by the Residential Landlords Association was disrupted by demonstrators.
Some 30 protesters from the London Renters Union descended on the Future Renting conference venue, at Imperial College, complete with placards.
Their anger was apparently sparked by the conference being about the “increasingly hostile environment” for landlords.
A sarcastic tweet said: “Boohoo!”
One of the protesters handed over a cheque for £22bn to the RLA , saying that is how much private renters will pay their landlord next year in rents.
Another protester played the violin under an equally sarcastic placard which said “Save the poor landlord”.
Other placards complained about revenge evictions and stated that one in five MPs are landlords.
The London Renters Union continued to make comments on Twitter, including: “Apparently landlords were stuck inside for lunch and missed their lunchtime exhibition. We wonder what exhibits they had – ‘Six ways to get rid of tenants: 1. Hike up the rent . . .'”
Another tweet said: “The future of renting means housing for people not profit. End the politics and culture of property as investment rather than to house people”.
RLA policy director David Smith said: “It was a pity that the London Renters Union did not speak to the RLA before this protest as we would have been happy to invite a representative to speak and air their concerns.”
Vanessa Warwick of Property Tribes recorded a round-up of the conference, including news that the Government is reviewing selective licensing.
Her film includes footage of some of the demonstration. She said it had only “slightly marred” the event.