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Residents from ELL boroughs suffer rise in rent as effect of Olympics and overseas buyers push up prices

Residents from ELL boroughs suffer rise in rent as effect of Olympics and overseas buyers push up prices

Median rents in Hackney are  71 per cent of the median family income in London.  In Tower Hamlets the median rent comes to 68.8 per cent of average income. Research by the campaign group, Homes for London, set up by housing charity Shelter, has revealed that Hackney has the seventh highest rent:income…

Nearly 10,000 homes sit empty in ELL boroughs, as over 60,000 households wait on council housing lists

Nearly 10,000 homes sit empty in ELL boroughs, as over 60,000 households wait on council housing lists

Close to 10,000 homes stand empty across the Eastlondonlines boroughs, while 60,491 households wait on council housing lists. Tower Hamlets has 2,317 empty houses, while 23,128 households wait on the council’s housing list. In Croydon, those figures stand at 2,962 and 7,880; in Hackney they are 2,255 and 13,423; and in…

Lewisham leaseholders battle Private Finance Initiative

Lewisham leaseholders battle Private Finance Initiative

  In an unprecedented legal twist, a group of Lewisham leaseholders this week came closer to viewing a contract that they have fought to see for almost five years. Under a 20 year Private Finance Initiative contract ( PFI ), leaseholders were told they would be expected to pay a…

Thousands of children in Tower Hamlets will be without a home this Christmas, says housing charity

Thousands of children in Tower Hamlets will be without a home this Christmas, says housing charity

Over three thousand children will be homeless in Tower Hamlets this Christmas, according to new research. Figures collected by housing charity Shelter revealed that in June this year  3,472 children were living in temporary accommodation in the borough. The charity has warned that across London over 57,000 children are expected…

Tower Hamlets families moved outside London

Tower Hamlets families moved outside London

Tower Hamlets Council has admitted moving homeless families to accommodation outside of London.…

Campaign group proposes landlord registration

Campaign group proposes landlord registration

Hackney landlords should be placed on council registers according to a new housing support group. Speaking at the formal launch of Digs, ‘home saving expert’ Ben Reeve-Lewis said a list would stop rent prices rocketing and improve housing standards. Lewis praised the system in Wales, where all landlords must have…

Centerprise told to leave after losing battle in court

Centerprise told to leave after losing battle in court

Centerprise has lost its legal battle against Hackney council. The London Central County court announced on Tuesday that the eviction should proceed within seven days.…

Landlords prosper as illegal evictions rise

Landlords prosper as illegal evictions rise

As tenant evictions increase, Hackney landlords are getting the highest return in London on investments, a London letting specialist has claimed.…

Council defies Cameron over home extensions

Council defies Cameron over home extensions

A leading member of Croydon council has come out in opposition to government plans to relax building regulations.…

Tenants, know your rights: evictions on rise

Tenants, know your rights: evictions on rise

Illegal evictions have doubled in a year according to Hackney Community Law Centre.…