Housing Strategy

Tackling London's housing crisis

The Mayor has launched his Draft London Housing Strategy. It sets out his plans to tackle the capital’s housing crisis and to provide all Londoners with a decent and affordable home.

The housing crisis is the greatest challenge facing London today, and tackling it is one of the Mayor’s biggest priorities.

Why is there a housing crisis?

In recent decades, London has excelled at creating jobs and opportunities. But at the same time, we have failed to build the homes we need.

Now a generation of Londoners cannot afford their rent and many are forced to live in overcrowded or unsuitable conditions. For many in this generation, home ownership is a distant dream.

What does this Strategy do?

The aim of this Strategy is to address the housing shortage through an intensive use of London’s available land, focusing on more genuinely affordable housing and providing help now for people feeling the effects of the housing crisis - from private renters to rough sleepers.

This Strategy has five key areas:

  • Building more homes for Londoners
  • Delivering genuinely affordable homes
  • High quality homes and inclusive neighbourhoods
  • A fairer deal for private renters and leaseholders
  • Tackling homelessness and helping rough sleepers

Read the Executive Summary

You can also read the London Housing Strategy Impact Assessment, which reviews the impacts of the draft strategy.

The consultation is now closed

This consultation ran until 7 December 2017. Thanks to everyone who gave their views. We're now considering all the comments that were submitted, before we publish the strategy in 2018.

As part of the consultation, two workshops were held on 4 and 13 October 2017 at City Hall for organisations preparing a response to the draft London Housing Strategy. You can find notes from these workshops here. The GLA and Homeless Link also hosted an event on 17 November 2017 for organisations involved in tackling rough sleeping and homelessness to discuss the draft strategy. You can find the notes from this event here.

What's next?

The Housing Strategy will be published in 2018, following consideration of the responses received to this consultation.