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Can London compare to international rental markets?

Can London compare to international rental markets?

Can London accommodate a fairer, more affordable rental market as one of the fastest growing cities in the world? Eastlondonlines looks at how private renting is managed and limited in other metropolitan cities . The rental market has been extensively grim for London tenants. In recent years the regeneration of…

Hackney’s “corner of Eden” under threat as developers eye up prime property opportunities

Hackney’s “corner of Eden” under threat as developers eye up prime property opportunities

Since the trees came down in May 2013, the residents of Navarino Grove in Hackney have been facing a very real threat. Pentonville Developments, a subsidiary of Fairview New Homes, plans to develop the nearby “brownfield” site into eight four-bedroom houses. In a city where green spaces are at a…

Rowntree report suggests ominous future for housing in east London as boroughs ranked among most deprived

Rowntree report suggests ominous future for housing in east London as boroughs ranked among most deprived

A report into the relationship between housing and poverty has provided a stark warning to east London boroughs, with Hackney rated as having the highest level of housing deprivation in the UK. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, an organisation that lobbies for a more equal society, has called for organisations to “work together…

Hackney Council intervenes in New Era dispute, warning owners to treat tenants “with respect and consideration”

Hackney Council intervenes in New Era dispute, warning owners to treat tenants “with respect and consideration”

The Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe, and the council’s cabinet member for housing have called on the owners of Hoxton’s New Era Estate to sell. This follows a fierce dispute in which tenants have warned they could be faced with “homelessness before Christmas”. The council’s letter to the owners said:…

Millionaire Tory MP’s company backs out of New Era stake-hold after residents’ “triumphant” campaign

Millionaire Tory MP’s company backs out of New Era stake-hold after residents’ “triumphant” campaign

Property company, The Benyon Estate, have announced they will sell their stake in Hoxton’s New Era estate after substantial rent rises caused fierce protests from residents. The real estate firm, which is the family company of millionaire Tory MP, Richard Benyon, announced yesterday that they were “reluctantly” withdrawing all involvement…

Whitgift regeneration secures go-ahead from High Court

Whitgift regeneration secures go-ahead from High Court

Objections to the £1 billion regeneration of the Whitgift Centre were dismissed by a High Court judge yesterday as plans to rejuvenate Croydon town centre prevailed. Whitgift Trust, which partially owns and oversees the Whitgift Centre, opposed a joint project by shopping centre giant Westfield and retail specialists Hammerson UK…

Council proposes crackdown on criminal landlords

Council proposes crackdown on criminal landlords

Non-licensed landlords in Croydon could face fines of up to £20,000 if a controversial, council-led scheme to crackdown on rogue proprietors goes ahead. A Better Place to Rent aims to improve conditions in private rented accommodation by forcing all Croydon landlords to obtain a licence. To be eligible for a…

Politicians “have no clue how difficult” London letting is says Generation Rent

Politicians “have no clue how difficult” London letting is says Generation Rent

Local housing campaigners have said they are still unconvinced that Labour is offering solutions to problems facing renters in light of last week’s report into the UK rental market by campaign group Generation Rent. The report showed 56 constituencies now have more renters than homeowners. Hackney South and Shoreditch has…

Protestors agree to take fight against Stoke Newington Sainsbury’s proposals to Court of Appeal

Protestors agree to take fight against Stoke Newington Sainsbury’s proposals to Court of Appeal

Protestors against the plans for a new Sainsbury’s and flats in Stoke Newington have agreed to take the fight against the development to the Court of Appeal. The Stokey Local community group voted unanimously to challenge last month’s decision by the High Court’s to allow the controversial proposal on the…

Illegal sub-letting condemned by council

Illegal sub-letting condemned by council

Croydon Council has warned tenants that they face eviction if they illegally sublet their properties. The notice comes after two cases in the past month where tenants were found to be letting their property from abroad. Councillor Alison Butler, cabinet member for homes and regeneration, said: “People who sub-let their…

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