The report which highlights the issues surrounding rogue landlords in Lambeth (please see accompanying article) also states:
We have no formal powers to deal with council-owned dwellings.
Complaints relating to the council’s own stock are redirected to the appropriate housing management team. We will investigate complaints relating to conditions in former council–owned properties that have been sold.
Council tenants are advised to contact their area Housing Office directly.
But out there on the Internet someone has found an article headlined: ‘Tenant prosecutes Lambeth council over damp and mouldy flat.’ Report by Tessa J Shepperson The Landlord Law Blog August 14th 2013.
The report details how Lambeth council were fined £1,335 and tells how in 2012 another tenant was awarded £4,000 compensation.
The article on the Landlord Law Blog includes a link to housing specialist solicitors Anthony Gold where News From Crystal Palace found the following:
April 30, 2014 Blog By Timothy Waitt
Guilty! Lambeth Council gets 3rd damp and mould conviction
At court yesterday London borough of Lambeth were convicted of an offence under the Environmental Protection Act. They had failed to get rid of serious damp and mould badly affecting one of their tenants flats. They were fined £250.
……..Although London borough of Lambeth had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing they argued that the tenant should not get any compensation. The magistrates disagreed and awarded £750 compensation.
As News From Crystal Palace highlighted last week (August 1st) in a widely-circulated opinion piece OPINION – NEWS FROM PLANET LAMBETH THREE: CRESSINGHAM GARDENS “COME ALONG FOR AFTERNOON TEA” (whoever you are, Thanks – Ed.) the resident engagement team / resident demolition team on Cressingham Gardens estate in Tulse Hill posted: It also appears maintenance is an ongoing concern for many residents on the estate……