MQT on 2016-05-25
Session date: 
May 25, 2016
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What will be your key priorities for addressing London's housing crisis?


Answer for Housing

Answer for Housing

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The previous Mayor left the cupboard bare on housing. We will not be able to fix the crisis overnight. My top priority for addressing London's housing crisis is to deliver thousands more homes every year through my new body - Homes for Londoners - and ensure that 50% of new homes are genuinely affordable. This will include homes for social rent, homes for first time buyers to 'part-buy part-rent' and a new London Living Rent product, with rents based on a third of average local incomes.

In order to deliver these homes, we need to unlock public land and I will immediately be working with TfL to unlock sites all across London. I will also create a construction skills academy to increase the capacity of the house building industry.

I will also improve the Private Rented Sector by naming and shaming rogue landlords, setting up a not for-profit lettings agency and supporting boroughs' licensing schemes. I will also work with boroughs to co-ordinate the procurement of private rented homes for temporary accommodation and to provide real leadership to tackle rough sleeping.