There are more than 16,000 council-owned homes in Southwark classified as non-decent, and a further 8,000 in Lambeth. No other council in London has more than 7,000 non-decent homes, and Conservative councils in Westminster and Wandsworth have none at all.
Tenants and leaseholders on housing estates in Southwark and Lambeth constantly complain to me about delays in getting simple repairs carried out, and the enormous costs to leaseholders of repairs when they are finally done. I have been working with residents of Windsor Close, near West Norwood, to get urgent repairs carried out which were recommended in Lambeth Council’s own survey in April of last year!
It’s clear that the housing departments of Southwark and Lambeth can’t cope with their existing housing stock, and are in no position to build more homes. The government has made it easier for tenants and leaseholders to take over the management of their own estates, and evidence shows that estates which manage themselves are kept to a better standard, cost the council less money and give residents a higher standard of living. I’m actively supporting residents who wish to set up their own tenants or leaseholders management organisation.