SECTION 21: LAMBETH COUNCIL BACK GOVERNMENT PLANS TO ABOLISH ILLEGAL EVICTIONS OF PRIVATE RENTERS

Lambeth council’s cabinet member for housing Cllr Paul Gadsby has welcomed the government’s announcement that it will look to end unfair evictions in the private rented sector - and called on ministers to go further. Cllr Gadbsy, along with Lambeth’s Private Sector Housing lead Cllr Anna Birley, has written to the Secretary of State for … Continue reading SECTION 21: LAMBETH COUNCIL BACK GOVERNMENT PLANS TO ABOLISH ILLEGAL EVICTIONS OF PRIVATE RENTERS

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ESTATE RESIDENTS WHOSE HOMES FACE DEMOLITION COULD STILL GET A BALLOT IF COUNCIL CHANGES ITS PLANS

People living on Lambeth council estates who have been denied a ballot on whether their homes should be demolished could still get the chance of a vote if the council changes its plans for them. Green party leader Cllr Jon Bartley told Monday night's meeting of Lambeth council's cabinet: "The business plan states that if … Continue reading ESTATE RESIDENTS WHOSE HOMES FACE DEMOLITION COULD STILL GET A BALLOT IF COUNCIL CHANGES ITS PLANS

LAMBETHWATCH DIARY “LABOUR COUNCILLORS NOW APPEAR TO BE ADOPTING CONSERVATIVE POLICIES”

Lambeth Labour councillors now appear to be adopting Conservative policies, says Cllr Tim Briggs, the only Blue on Lambeth council. His comment comes in a question to council leader Cllr Lib Peck at next Wednesday’s full meeting of the council headed “Improvement of Lambeth’s policies“, which reads as follows: The Conservative alternative budget and manifesto … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH DIARY “LABOUR COUNCILLORS NOW APPEAR TO BE ADOPTING CONSERVATIVE POLICIES”

‘APPRENTICE’ WINNER BUYS BLANKETS FOR HOMELESS MAN – AFTER LAMBETH COUNCIL CONFISCATE HIS SLEEPING BAG / CALL FOR INVESTIGATION BY OUTRAGED GREEN PARTY LEADER: “LAMBETH COUNCIL SHOULD NOT BE SEEKING TO JUSTIFY THIS ACTION”

Just when you think Lambeth council could not do something even more inane, barmy or just plain crass than some of their actions over the past few years - they have. A Lambeth council employee removed a sleeping bag and other belongings of a 'rough sleeper' - but his actions were filmed by Michelle Dewberry, … Continue reading ‘APPRENTICE’ WINNER BUYS BLANKETS FOR HOMELESS MAN – AFTER LAMBETH COUNCIL CONFISCATE HIS SLEEPING BAG / CALL FOR INVESTIGATION BY OUTRAGED GREEN PARTY LEADER: “LAMBETH COUNCIL SHOULD NOT BE SEEKING TO JUSTIFY THIS ACTION”

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)

….AND THEY DO (AND YOU WILL BE INVITED TO THE TENANTS ASSEMBLY, CLLR GADSBY TELLS ONE ESTATE RESIDENT (Lambeth housing special – Two)

A lady named Barbara from the Streatham Hill estate told the overview and scrutiny committee there were questions about Wednesday walkabouts, resident panels and tenants newsletters but she preferred to deal with them by e-mail "as it would take too long.". "We haven't had a meeting of the tenants residents association for over a year … Continue reading ….AND THEY DO (AND YOU WILL BE INVITED TO THE TENANTS ASSEMBLY, CLLR GADSBY TELLS ONE ESTATE RESIDENT (Lambeth housing special – Two)

RESIDENTS AND TENANTS ALLOWED TO VOICE CONCERNS OVER REPAIRS AND CONTRACTS AT MEETING (Lambeth housing special – Three)

Concerns over contracts. the removal of asbestos and of unsafe windows were voiced at the meeting - by residents. Kate Macintosh, the designer of the now-listed Macintosh Court in Leigham Court Road, Streatham and after whom the block is named, welcomed the re-evaluation of the council's procurement process as "most essential." Macintosh court should be … Continue reading RESIDENTS AND TENANTS ALLOWED TO VOICE CONCERNS OVER REPAIRS AND CONTRACTS AT MEETING (Lambeth housing special – Three)

COUNCIL TENANT GETS SUSPENDED SENTENCE FOR SUB-LETTING FRAUD

A Lambeth council tenant has been given a six-month prison sentence after subletting his council house while claiming benefits elsewhere in the country. The tenant, aged 46, pleaded guilty to four charges of fraud after being uncovered by council officers. He was found to be taking rent from sub-tenants at his council house in Streatham … Continue reading COUNCIL TENANT GETS SUSPENDED SENTENCE FOR SUB-LETTING FRAUD

CRACKDOWN ON ROGUE LANDLORDS IN LAMBETH

Rogue landlords who "deliberately or persistently" break the law are to be targeted by Lambeth council. "Where poor conditions are identified in a privately rented property, we will seek to identify and inspect other properties owned or managed by the same individual or company" says a council report. The new rules, which take effect from … Continue reading CRACKDOWN ON ROGUE LANDLORDS IN LAMBETH

LANDLORD HIT WITH £10,000 IN FINES  

A landlord has been hit with fines totalling £10,000 after being taken to court by Lambeth council. The owner of 41 Hasselrigge Road, SW4  failed to licence the property as a House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) and carried out no safety works even after being warned by council officers. The five-bedroom property had nine tenants … Continue reading LANDLORD HIT WITH £10,000 IN FINES