Issues with private renting, building of new homes and helping people sleeping rough were just a few of the much-debated topics on Talk London. Close to 2,000 of you took the time to complete the housing survey, which will help shape the future London Housing Strategy.
We also hosted several discussions, where many of you shared your views on and experience with housing in London:
- London needs new homes, and many of you would like to see more social housing or family homes being built
- many of you feel some landlords don’t care about their tenants. You think rent and service charges are too high and some of you feel you have no security and nobody to complain to
- most of you agree that there has been an increase in rough sleeping and that something needs to be done to prevent people ending up in this situation
James Murray, the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, is thankful for all your feedback on the draft Housing Strategy.
“Thanks to everyone who took the time to comment on the Mayor’s draft Housing Strategy.
"I’m delighted that so many of you shared views, took part in discussion groups and completed our survey. For Londoners, housing is one of their top concerns – as they or people they know grapple with high rents or unsuitable living conditions – and home ownership becomes a distant dream for more and more people.
"The Mayor is determined to tackle the housing crisis head on. His housing strategy sets out plans to do this, including what he will do, what others such as councils, housing associations and developers should do, and what support Government needs to give London to make a real difference.
"We’re now considering your views as we prepare the final strategy for publication in 2018.”
Many of you who took our survey said that you were interested to find out more about StreetLink. The Mayor’s winter campaign ‘No one needs to sleep rough in London’ launched in mid-December 2017 and is encouraging Londoners to use StreetLink to connect rough sleepers to services. Find out more, including how to donate to the new London Homeless Charities Group - a coalition of 18 charities from across the capital.
Rogue Landlord Database
The Mayor’s Rogue Landlord and Agent checker was launched in December 2017, and in May 2018 all 33 London local authorities signed up to his online database. It allows renters to check a prospective landlord before moving into a property, and report suspected criminal landlords or letting agents. It means landlords and letting agents who have been prosecuted or fined will have nowhere to hide.
On 22 May 2018, the Mayor published his London Housing Strategy. The strategy will be considered by the London Assembly at its next meeting.