Beds in sheds

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-12-18
Session date: 
December 18, 2013
Reference: 
2013/5322
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Further to your answers to Question No: 2498 / 2013  and Questions No: 3086/2013 and  2013/3702  and to Question No: 2013/4146that you " will ask my Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property to raise this issue at the next meeting of the Beds in Sheds Ministerial Taskforce, of which he is a member" and that the meeting was likely to be in November or December, has this meeting been scheduled yet, and if so when for"

and your written response “The Deputy Mayor for Housing recently met with the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with responsibility for housing and raised this issue.”

What was the outcome of the Deputy Mayor for Housing raising the issue?

Answer

Answer for Beds in sheds

Answer for Beds in sheds

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As the response to MQ 4146/2013 reported, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) advise that the Ministerial Taskforce is unlikely to meet before February 2014 - hence the Deputy Mayor for Housing raising the issue you outlined in Question 2498/2013 with the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with responsibility for housing when he met with him in late October 2013.

The Under Secretary of State invited the Deputy Mayor to submit a briefing on some of the challenges that local authorities face in tackling 'Beds in Sheds'. Officers from the GLA and local authorities who have received funding from DCLG to address this problem met to discuss the barriers boroughs are encountering. A note will be sent to the Under Secretary of State shortly.

On the specific issue outlined in your original MQ 2498/2013, representatives of two authorities with whom the GLA met advised that they had successfully used housing legislation to take enforcement action against the owners of vacant properties. These authorities are happy to share their experience with officers from the local authority who advised your constituent that they could only take action in relation to the self-contained unit that your constituent reported once the property was occupied.