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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Khan proposes roque landlord database

Labour's London mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, has set out his 10-point plan for office. 

Number one on the list - tackling the housing crisis, particularly the capital's Private Rented Sector.

Sadiq pledges to create an online database of 'name and shamed' landlords. 

An idea taken from New York mayor, Bill de Blasio, who created an online database sharing the details of any landlords successfully prosecuted for housing-related offences.

I'd not be against this, but as a matter of fairness, I'd suggest  a database of tenants successfully prosecuted for housing-related offences could be housed on the same site - although I doubt this to be such a vote winner.

Sadiq wants to use the power of City Hall to help Londoners who are renting to buy a home of their own, drive up standards for those renting, and challenge letting fees, including the creation of a London-wide, not-for-profit letting agency.  ( daft, costly PR stunt that is bound to fail- if you ask my opinion)

He also wants to build more homes for renters, including “first dibs” for Londoners on affordable homes on mayoral land on a  part-buy/part-rent basis.

Zac Goldsmith called Khan's plans: “Fantasy politics.”

Let the back biting and tittle tattle begin.

Sadiq's 10 point plan:

  • Tackle the housing crisis, building thousands more homes for Londoners each year, setting an ambitious target of 50 per cent of new homes being genuinely affordable, and getting a better deal for renters.
  • Freeze TfL transport fares for four years and introduce a one-hour bus ‘Hopper’ ticket, paid for by making TfL more efficient and exploring new revenue-raising opportunities. Londoners won’t pay a penny more for their travel in 2020 than they do today.
  • Make London safer, with action to restore neighbourhood policing, tackle gangs and knife crime, a plan to tackle the spread of extremism, and a review of the resourcing of our fire service.
  • Be the most pro-business Mayor yet, working in partnership with industry to deliver on skills, infrastructure, and growth.
  • Challenge gender inequality, working to close the gender pay gap and support women to break the glass ceiling while helping to remove the barriers to women’s success.
  • Restore London’s air quality to legal and safe levels, with action to make travel greener and pedestrianise Oxford Street, while protecting the green belt.
  • Set up Skills for Londoners to ensure all Londoners have the opportunity to train in the skills that our economy needs.
  • Tackle low pay, working with employers to make London a Living Wage City.
  • Make cycling and walking safer, with more segregated cycle routes, action on dangerous junctions, and safer lorries.
  • Make London a fairer and more tolerant city, open and accessible to all, and one in which all can live and prosper free from prejudice

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