PROPERTY COMPANIES FINED £32,000 FOR IGNORING CROYDON’S LANDLORD LICENSING SCHEME – Fire brigade alerted council after safety breaches found

Two private property companies which failed to follow Croydon council’s landlord licensing scheme have been fined a combined total of £32,000 after they appealed against their original penalties. London Fire Brigade officers (LFB) told a judge-led panel that LFB had alerted Croydon council after finding fire safety breaches at a five-storey private residential block. LFB … Continue reading PROPERTY COMPANIES FINED £32,000 FOR IGNORING CROYDON’S LANDLORD LICENSING SCHEME – Fire brigade alerted council after safety breaches found

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TRADE UNION BACKS CITY HALL PROTEST: “Guarantee residents ballots on estate demolitions – with NO conditions” say GMB

A trade union is backing people living on estates across London who are being denied the right to vote on whether they want their homes demolished - or not. GMB southern region are calling on Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and his advisers to go back to the drawing board and guarantee residents whose homes … Continue reading TRADE UNION BACKS CITY HALL PROTEST: “Guarantee residents ballots on estate demolitions – with NO conditions” say GMB

COUNCIL’S DOUBLE PLEDGE FOR TENANTS RIGHTS

A national campaign to end no-fault private evictions and reintroduce lifetime social tenancies in its own housing stock were both backed at Croydon council's full meeting. Croydon council have now become the first local authority to publicly back the #EndUnfairEvictions campaign, joining Generation Rent, the London Renters’ Union, ACORN and the New Economics Foundation calling for … Continue reading COUNCIL’S DOUBLE PLEDGE FOR TENANTS RIGHTS

NEW SPACE FOR GROWING BUSINESSES OPENS IN BRIXTON – Focus on design, creativity and innovation

International House, formerly Lambeth council offices by Brixton police station, has re-opened as what the council claim is "London’s largest affordable workspace." A Lambeth council statement says: The first tenants are moving into a former Lambeth council office block in Brixton which, once fully occupied, will become London’s biggest affordable workspace. The project is providing … Continue reading NEW SPACE FOR GROWING BUSINESSES OPENS IN BRIXTON – Focus on design, creativity and innovation

MARKS AND SPENCERS FOODHALL ON THE TRIANGLE?

  Marks and Spencers are in "advanced discussions" with property developers St Aidan's to open a foodhall on the Triangle say planning consultants Bidwells. The long-rumoured suggestion of Marks and Spencers coming to Westow Street - in the area bounded by Carberry Road and Victory Place - is revealed in a letter from Bidwells to … Continue reading MARKS AND SPENCERS FOODHALL ON THE TRIANGLE?

NEW LOOK GRAPE AND GRAIN

Plans for the new-look Grape and Grain have been revealed.  The proposals comprise a comprehensive restoration of the existing building together with extension and alteration. The exhibition boards displayed at the public consultation event held of 8th October 2018 at the Crystal Palace Museum, together with comments forms can be found at http://www.nineteen47.co.uk/consultation/grape-and-grain-crystal-palace (or please search … Continue reading NEW LOOK GRAPE AND GRAIN

ESTATES VOTING SCANDAL: Residents set to start vigil outside City Hall

Residents of Lambeth estates threatened with demolition are set to start a daily vigil outside City Hall until Mayor of London Sadiq Khan agrees to meet them. The vigil will begin on Saturday November 3rd after a major rally organised by Homes for All and Defend Council Housing. As News From Crystal Palace reported in March: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan … Continue reading ESTATES VOTING SCANDAL: Residents set to start vigil outside City Hall

LANDLORDS RENTING OUT HOUSING IN MULTIPLE OCCUPATION NOW NEED MANDATORY LICENCE

New Government rules on minimum room sizes for households in private shared houses will not affect existing higher standards set out by Croydon council. As of 1 October, landlords renting out smaller houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) for the first time need a mandatory HMO licence. Under the new law, these licences have extra conditions … Continue reading LANDLORDS RENTING OUT HOUSING IN MULTIPLE OCCUPATION NOW NEED MANDATORY LICENCE

ADVICE FOR LANDLORDS AT CROYDON CONFERENCE

More than 100 local landlords can get free support about keeping on top of changes in the lettings industry if they sign up for a conference being run next week by Croydon council. The Jurys Inn hotel in Wellesley Road will host the conference, which is open to both existing private landlords with properties in … Continue reading ADVICE FOR LANDLORDS AT CROYDON CONFERENCE

NEW HOUSING CHIEF’S CALL FOR MORE INVOLVEMENT FROM LAMBETH’S TENANTS AND RESIDENTS (Lambeth housing special – One)

Lambeth's new cabinet member for housing Cllr Paul Gadsby wants more involvement from Lambeth council tenants and leaseholders. "We need to up our communications with residents and I'm listening to residents that they do want more engagement" he told the council's overview and scrutiny committee in a meeting which focused on housing. "I want to … Continue reading NEW HOUSING CHIEF’S CALL FOR MORE INVOLVEMENT FROM LAMBETH’S TENANTS AND RESIDENTS (Lambeth housing special – One)