Increasing rents charged by housing associations

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2017
Reference: 
2017/2209
Question By: 
Siân Berry
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Constituents are continuing to contact me with concerns that housing associations are increasing rents beyond social rent levels when there is a change of tenancy. How will you ensure that social rents are still available when homes change hands in these circumstances? Will you conduct a London-wide audit to reveal whether homes that have been provided at social rents by housing associations continue to be provided at these rent levels, and publish the findings?

Answer

Answer for Increasing rents charged by housing associations

Answer for Increasing rents charged by housing associations

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Compliance with the Rent Standard is a matter for Housing Association Boards and the Social Housing Regulator, and I do not have current plans to conduct a London-wide audit of housing association rents.

Under the previous Mayor's affordable homes programme, housing associations were required to 'convert' a large number of social rented homes to the more expensive 'Affordable Rent' when they became available for re-let. A total of 19,000 conversions were approved under this programme.

In September 2016, I announced that I will not authorise any further conversions of social rented homes to higher rents.