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Sadiq Khan Mayor of London
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Boris Johnson’s rental standard scheme ‘failing Londoners’

A year after the launch of the Mayor’s flagship London Rental Standard only 14,139 of London’s 300,000 private landlords have signed up. When he launched the scheme the Mayor said he would have 100,000 landlords signed up by May next year.

Less than a year before the Mayor said he would hit his target of 100,000 landlords signed up to his minimum standards the latest figures show he is only 14% of the way there with only six hundred extra landlords signing up in the last year. At this rate of progress Mr Copley has calculated that it would take a further 103 years before Boris Johnson hits his 100,000 target.

In 2012 Boris Johnson pledged that he would sign up 100,000 of London’s private sector landlords to a new London Rental Standard (LRS). The scheme, which was eventually launched on 28th May 2014, sets minimum standards for landlords and amalgamated the various voluntary landlord accreditation schemes in the capital.

Soon after the LRS was launched in May 2014 the Mayor reported that there were 13,512 landlords already signed up to the various accreditation schemes. Since then, according to the latest available City Hall figures, only 627 additional landlords have signed up despite an intensive publicity campaign.

With only 14,139 of London’s 300,000 landlords signed up, the figures showed Boris Johnson’s system of voluntary self-regulation was “failing private renters”.

Boris Johnson’s abysmal record on housing is epitomised by the fact that with less than a year to go he has signed up just 14% of the 100,000 landlords he promised by May 2016. 

At the current rate, it will take over one hundred years before the Mayor fulfils his promise to accredit 100,000 landlords, that’s more than embarrassing it’s a scandal.

We need real change in the private rented sector. Londoners need the peace of mind and security of longer tenancy agreements, caps on rent increases and an end to no fault evictions. Instead Boris Johnson’s soft touch and self-regulatory approach is leaving private renters with little protection from bad landlords.

 

http://www.londonlive.co.uk/news/2015-05-28/boris-johnson-s-rental-standard-scheme-failing-londoners

Government’s social housing sell off will leave Brent and Harrow families “with nowhere to turn”

Government plans to sell off social housing across London could see families in Brent and Harrow less likely to find a home they can afford.  London Assembly Member Navin Shah AM said the plans to extend Right to Buy to cover housing association properties would “leave

5,102 families in Brent and 687 of families in Harrow on housing waiting lists with nowhere to turn” as councils’ social housing stock is sold off.

Analysis from the National Housing Federation (NHF) shows that over 23,000 social rented homes across London could be sold if Right to Buy, which allows council tenants to buy their home, is extended to housing association properties. The estimate is based on the number of London households who would be both eligible and able to afford the necessary mortgage to buy their home under the new proposals. 

I have warned the sale of more social housing would leave the 687 families on Harrow council and 5,102 on Brent council's housing waiting lists even less likely to ever find a home they could afford.

I have called for the Mayor of London to commission an assessment of the London impact of the government’s Right to Buy proposals.

Government should support both home ownership and measures to increase the supply of social housing, we won’t solve London’s housing crisis by sacrificing one in pursuit of the other.

There’s no escaping that selling off housing association properties at big discounts would worsen the housing crisis and leave a number of local families with nowhere to turn. It’s already hard enough for families in Harrow to get a home without selling off some of the most affordable in the borough.

The Mayor needs to seriously consider the impact of this policy on Londoners. With many families on housing waiting lists, people in Brent and Harrow want to know whether or not Boris Johnson will stand up and fight attempts to decimate our social housing stock.

 

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-       The National Housing Federation analysis of the impact of extending Right to Buy to housing association properties is available here.

-       There are currently 687 families on council home waiting lists in Harrow.

-        There are currently 5,102 families on council home waiting lists in Brent.

 

 

Night Bus changes must not leave passengers worse off

Night Bus services in Brent and Harrow could face changes this September after the introduction of the Night Tube, Transport for London (TfL) has announced.

Proposals from TfL would see the introduction of 20 new services, but 17 of these would run only on Friday and Saturday evenings.The Night Bus providing a cheap and easy way to travel home from work at night, I would like to see the service continued throughout the working week.

Whilst there are currently no proposals to axe entire night bus routes, reductions are planned for 17 routes across London. TfL said the reductions will be made to those routes where passengers were more likely to use the Night Tube. TfL must ensure their reductions “don’t leave Londoners feeling less safe.

TfL must boost passengers safety by providing real time Night Bus information at Night Tube stations so that passengers have the choice of waiting there for the next bus.

Nobody wants to see passengers forced to wait long times at secluded bus stops or walk long distances home from the tube station at night.

It’s great to see that some new services will be running in, but with night buses providing a cheap and easy way to travel home from work at night, ideally I’d want to see the service continued throughout the working week.

 

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-       Transport for London’s consultation on changes to the Night Bus can be found here.