Camden Liberal Democrats will take a proactive approach to creating new social housing in the borough taking advantage of central government schemes, and using its planning powers to improve the borough’s housing mix and provide homes for young people at a price they can afford. Estate regeneration schemes such as the Abbey Area development have stalled as the Council has wasted money on consultants while failing to build community support for its proposals.
The Borough’s tenants and leaseholders are currently receiving a second (if not third) rate service from Camden’s Housing department. In spite of all the promises from Labour Councillors, repairs are still not “right first time” and tenants who report faulty repairs are often mistrusted, disbelieved or ignored. We believe that tenants and leaseholders alike should have more say in the delivery of housing services. Camden tenants’ rents have seen steep rises under the Labour administration with no improvement in services.
We support an active role for tenants and residents associations, combined with new and more imaginative approaches to consultation.
Camden’s leaseholders have long received second class treatment. We believe that there should be a new deal for Camden leaseholders, with a leaseholders’ charter including the right to manage their properties by appointing management agents and a power of veto over contractors.
Camden now has a huge private rented sector, with more people living in private rented accommodation than in social housing. A substantial part of this sector is in need of greater regulation and improvement.
- Keep Camden tenants’ rents down
- take a proactive approach to creating new social and intermediate housing in the borough taking advantage of central government schemes
- reform the Council’s approach to estate regeneration, reducing the expenditure on consultants and properly engaging with residents
- review arrangements for the performance and supervision of repairs and maintenance contracts and take action where contractors fail to deliver
- introduce a leaseholders’ charter
- install secure cycle storage facilities and improve recycling facilities on Council estates
- support and assist new and existing TRAs and help them to access additional funds to improve their estates
- investigate improvements to parking controls on estates where tenants want them
- actively monitor the Council’s performance in dealing with voids, reduce the number of empty properties and promote downsizing/houseswaps to make best use of the housing stock
- introduce compulsory licensing of private landlords and advise private leaseholders about their rights in relation to managing agents and freeholders
- continue to support for the Camden Federation of Private Tenants
- improve regulation of Houses in Multiple Occupation
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