Councils take on Boris over rents

Nine London councils have launched a new legal challenge against the Mayor of London to protect affordable rents.

The news comes as a recent London Assembly report warned of increased social segregation in London caused by the lack of affordable housing.

The councils say that they have tried to make sure that new affordable housing is provided at rent levels typically 30-40 per cent of market levels. In October the Mayor of London published his amended London Plan, which now allows rents for new affordable housing to rise up to 80 per cent of market rates.

The councils are fighting the Mayor’s plan, which they argue will mean vulnerable people and families on low and middle incomes will be priced out of large areas of London.

The nine boroughs – Brent, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Islington, Lambeth, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Southwark and Tower Hamlets – have now issued a statutory challenge asking the courts to revoke the Mayor’s amended plan. If successful, the legal action would allow boroughs to keep rents lower in new affordable housing.

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