In The Name of Regeneration……

Before his death in 1900, William Sutton made a last Will and Testament which would see his vast fortune left to house families onlow incomes suffering from poor living standards. Many of the Sutton Estate’s first residents were women on low income jobs. Over 2,000 people found a place that could be called home at the Sutton Estate, Chelsea. Find out more on the Save the Sutton Estate Website

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“The Sutton Estate in London is now managed by Affinity Sutton, who are planning to destroy the buildings, construct new accommodation and sell a large proportion off as luxury accommodation.”

We hope that the Royal Borough of kensington & Chelsea will do the right thing and refuse the developers appeal to demolish this estate.

There are words that as a housing campaign we have come to dread and regeneration is one if them. This usually means an opportunity for a private developer to take over an area under the guise of providing much needed housing, the only problem is it is usually luxury apartments that do nothing to solve the local housing crisis and everything to do with making a profit for the developer. We need a mix of housing and not just for those that can afford it.

Lets hold our own council to account to ensure that new developments are providing affordable, (another one of those words) housing that is realistically within the means of ordinary people.

New homes do nothing to help Brighton and Hove’s housing crisis

ARTISAN homes in an apartment block where developers controversially chose to pay £1.2 million rather than build affordable homes have now come on to the market, costing more than half a million…read more and comments from the Living Rent Campaign

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A petition set up by Carrie Hynds calls upon Brighton & Hove City Council to meet their own affordable housing targets and make developers provide 40% affordable homes on sites of 15+ units. Sign here Petition

I can’t afford to live in Brighton!

I’m one pay cheque away from becoming homeless. We can’t afford higher rents!

I want a safe roof over my head. I spend half my income on rent!

Don’t get angry – get active – join the campaign

Brighton & Hove’s 12 wards consultation for

Private Renting Reforms

The council has started a consultation on a new selective licensing system for 12 wards in the city. The means that all private rented properties in these wards will need to be licensed with the council if not already covered under HMO licensing.

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The advantages for tenants are that it will no longer be down to the tenant to report poor property conditions to the council, something many tenants are reluctant to do for fear of losing their home. It will be the responsibility of the landlord to get the licence and the council to check that all the standards are being met. The conditions are not onerous, and cover the basic requirements that anyone should expect in their home, including insulation and heating, fire safety, a good standard of maintenance, space for refuse and recycling, amongst others

Inevitably many landlords are against the scheme and that’s why it’s so important that tenants have their say in the consultation so that their voices are heard.

Landlord licensing was called for in the council’s scrutiny report in 2015 and the Fairness Commission, and many bodies, including The Citizens Advice, have also recommended it. So please do respond. We welcome all comments and feedback on the detail as well.

The consultations close at midnight on Sunday 10 September 2017.