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London’s housing crisis

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 20th March 2020.

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Photo of Siân Berry Siân Berry Green

Have you left London’s housing situation in a better state than when you first took office in 2016?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

When I first took office, I saw the terrible state of housing in London which my predecessor had left; zero social rent homes, a dodgy definition of affordable and council homes being lost to estate regeneration.

Since I’ve had the privilege of the best job in the world, housing has been one of my top priorities. In 2018/19 alone I started 14,544 affordable homes, more than in any year since City Hall has had control of housing investment. My Building Council Homes for Londoners programme has helped get 1,916 new council homes underway, more than in any year since 1985.

I also introduced the country’s first funding rules requiring resident ballots on estate regeneration plans, created a Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker, and more than doubled City Hall’s funding to help London’s rough sleepers. I’ve done everything in my power to tackle London’s housing crisis and support Londoners.