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For the sake of transparency let’s have a tenant-led scrutiny of Camden Living

17 March, 2017

• WHAT is Camden Council afraid of?

Last week Kentish Town and Camden tenant representatives requested a motion to be agreed by members to have a meeting with the cabinet member for housing and heads of the housing department to look at the consultation of Camden Almo company Camden Living.

Camden Living was set up as a private entity to enable the council to designate new homes built for interim rental lets for those working in Camden who are ineligible for social housing.

These interim lets can be set as high as 80 per cent of market value rents. A one-bedroom could in theory be let by the council for up to £350 per week.

What tenant campaigners are concerned with is that any new homes built on regeneration estate sites in Camden would see a greater proportion of interim letting developments encroach on much-needed social housing space.

Another aspect of this Almo entity could see void properties designated as interim rental lets – reducing even further the amount of council homes available for the many thousands waiting on the housing list.

So our question is, what have the council got to hide? For the sake of transparency let us have a tenant-led scrutiny of this private Almo. After all Camden belongs to all and not to private speculators.

CAMDEN FEDERATION OF TENANT AND RESIDENT ASSOCIATIONS 

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