Homes to rent in Hackney

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-07-04
Session date: 
July 4, 2012
Reference: 
2012/1920
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Hackney Citizens Advice Bureau recently conducted a survey of the 1,585 properties that were available to let in their borough via Rightmove and Gumtree on the 15th June 2012. They found that only 143 of those homes were advertised at rents that fell below the Local Housing Allowance caps, and that only 14 of those were let by landlords who were willing to let to housing benefit recipients. Of the 1,090 properties with two or more bedrooms, suitable for families, only 36 were within the benefit caps and only 5 of those were let by landlords willing to accept benefit recipients. Will you urgently raise the findings of this startling snapshot with the Government and press for a rethink on the benefit caps in order to ensure that residents of Hackney receiving benefits due to low wages, retirement, bringing up children, sickness, disability, or unemployment are able to access a wider choice of properties in their borough?

Answer

Answer for Homes to rent in Hackney

Answer for Homes to rent in Hackney

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It would be wrong to draw such conclusions from a single snapshot survey undertaken on one day in one borough and of just two advertising sites.