Category: Housing

Just one in five homes at landmark development will be ‘affordable’

Only 20 percent of the 502 homes proposed to be built at a huge new development in Walthamstow town centre will be designated as ‘affordable housing’.  Click here to read more.

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Four in 10 right-to-buy homes are now owned by private landlords

Tenants living in homes sold under Margaret Thatcher’s scheme now pay twice the rents charged by local authorities.  Click here to read more.

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How much of your salary is spent on rent?

Tenants typically spend more than a quarter of their monthly salary before tax on rent, official figures show, but there are wide regional variations.  Click here to read more.

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Shirley Porter’s London housing scandal to be relived on stage near Grenfell Tower

Director of theatre near fire that killed 71 people picks play about gerrymandering in 1980s as debut production.  Click here to read more.

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Grenfell tragedy: Councils plan £380m fire safety spend

Councils across the capital will be spending a total of about £383m to make social housing safer following the Grenfell fire, research by BBC Radio London has found.  Click here to read more.

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One in three renters fear losing their home

A third of private renters worry they will have to move within a year, making them stressed and less connected to their community, according to a latest poll.  Click here to read more.

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One in seven councillors in English rental hotspots are landlords

Findings raise questions over whether dual role makes councils less inclined to regulate standards in private rental sector.  Click here to read more.

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Sprinklers to be installed at council tower blocks

Sprinklers look set to be installed at tower blocks across the borough following a fire safety review by Waltham Forest Council.  Click here to read more.

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Building fire safety ‘must improve’, London Fire Brigade warns

More serious fires such as that at Grenfell Tower could happen unless safety measures get more priority, the London Fire Brigade (LFB) has warned.  Click here to read more.

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Waltham Forest and Redbridge have some of the highest rates of homelessness in the country

A study by housing charity Shelter has revealed the number of people who are living either on the streets or in temporary accommodation across all local authorities in England. Click here to read more.

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