Rogue Tenants: Restoring Fairness In London's Social Housing
October 2019 | Susan Hall AM
London’s social housing is a precious resource which deserves to be treated with respect. Unfortunately, a small minority of problem, or ‘rogue’ tenants cause unfairness for the vast majority of tenants who are rule-abiding, by causing costly damage and vandalism to properties, costing an estimated £3.4 million over the past five years across London, and damage to individual properties of up to £25,000.
SOS: Save Our Suburbs
November 2018 | Andrew Boff AM
Protecting, enhancing and strengthening London’s suburbs is not just important in itself – it is crucial to meeting London’s chronic housing need, and to meet or exceed London’s housing target of 64,935 homes per year. This report therefore makes the following recommendations to ensure that London’s suburbs can be properly supported and defended, but also fulfil their housing and development potential to London.
Help To Rent: Improving Access To Homes In London's Private Rental Market
March 2018 | Shaun Bailey AM
Finding a home to rent in London can be extremely tough, and this can especially be the case for those who are unable to raise a deposit or demonstrate the right credentials to their landlord. With rough sleeping on the rise, and ‘hidden homelessness’ a significant issue, we need to make sure that everything possible is done to help remove barriers to new accommodation.
Secret Sleepers: London's Problem With 'Beds In Sheds'
December 2017 | Susan Hall AM
‘Beds in sheds’ – unauthorised dwellings in back gardens and garages of existing residential properties – is a problem that blights many areas of London, at considerable cost to local councils and communities. Evidence in this report suggests that there are at least 9,000 unauthorised beds in sheds across the London, with councils potentially missing out on £9 million in unpaid council tax. This report will look at the wide variety of approaches and experiences in detection and enforcement of beds in sheds across London, and how best practice can be shared.
Plotting Your Future: Rolling Out Plot Shops For Self-Builders Across London
October 2017 | Shaun Bailey AM
This report argues that the Mayor should become more proactively involved with assisting local authorities who may be offering up some of their public sector land, with ‘serviced plot’ permissions in place, to interested self-builders. ‘Serviced plots’ are shovel-ready sites with planning permission, where plots or parcels of land are laid out and ready for construction.
Smart Move: Building New Bungalows To free Up Family Homes
November 2016 | Andrew Boff AM
While no one solution can tackle London’s housing issues on its own, and increasing overall supply must remain the key priority, addressing this untapped potential can make an important contribution to the housing needs of many Londoners throughout London’s housing market.
A Problem Shared: Boosting The Supply Of Shared Ownership Housing In London
September 2016 | Andrew Boff AM
Shared ownership offers the opportunity for those who aspire to home ownership to gain a foot on the housing ladder, especially if they are unable to purchase a property on the open market. Given this potential, an increase in supply of shared ownership homes would have clear benefits for Londoners and London’s wider housing market. It would ensure that the opportunities for home ownership are spread as widely as possible to those who would not otherwise be able to reach the ladder.