Council lays out housing plans
by James Renoux-Wood Mon 31 March 2014, 4:43 pm
Ealing Council has laid out its private sector housing strategy for the next five years, to address the demand for housing in the borough.
The local authority said it was focused on building more affordable homes, implementing stronger enforcement against rogue landlords, improving access to employment and tackling fuel poverty, to improve the quality of life for its residents.
As part of the housing and homelessness strategy, Ealing Council has pledged to deliver more than 3,000 mixed tenure homes over the next five years.
Councillor Hitesh Tailor, cabinet member for housing, employment and skills said: “Housing is now one of our residents' biggest concerns. We are faced with unprecedented challenges to meet housing need in Ealing. The welfare benefit caps have hit us badly, we are the third most affected borough in England.
“Typical rents charged in the private sector are unaffordable for many of our residents as demand outstrips supply and homelessness increases.
“Our housing strategy will be key to delivering more affordable housing, and to tackle some of the problems found in the private sector including getting tough on rogue landlords.”