Improving Streatham's Housing

Greater protection for tenants, more affordable homes, new proposals to empower housing co-ops and renovation of empty properties are among the many ideas being put forward by the Green Party in Streatham.

Lambeth has the second highest percentage of housing benefit recipients in the capital, but also has the second highest number of empty homes.

Nevertheless, Lambeth Council is facing particular criticism from local people for turning its back on co-operative housing, evicting tenants and selling off the housing to developers.

Greens would create a clearing house system to make publicly owned empty homes available to be brought back into use by self-help co-operatives, and encourage private owners to list their properties on the system. We have also taken inspiration from the growing success of the campaign for a London Living Wage, and proposed an officially-recognised London Affordable Rent, based on average earnings and household size. And to make homes more affordable to run, we propose more help for Londoners to insulate their homes and drive down fuel bills.

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