Overcrowding (2)

MQT on 2015-01-21
Session date: 
January 21, 2015
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Further to your response to question 2014/5533, what are your policies for tackling overcrowding in London's private rented sector?


Answer for Overcrowding (2)

Answer for Overcrowding (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The problem of overcrowding in the private rented sector cannot be tackled in isolation from other tenures. Policies set out in my Housing Strategy that will help to alleviate overcrowding include the following:

       increasing the supply of private rented accommodation, with a specific target for such homes, and thereby addressing the under-supply that fuels high rents and means private tenants on low incomes are more likely to become overcrowded;

       a long-term commitment to deliver the family sized homes that the Strategic Housing Market Assessment identifies London needs; and

       freeing up more of the capital's existing family sized affordable housing, so that overcrowded families in homes of all tenures can benefit from this vital resource.