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A group of fed-up Peabody tenants in Stoke Newington have formed a campaign group after years of complaints about the housing association’s repair work.

Hackney Council is playing Robin Hood by turning expensive homes into social rent ones using money it would otherwise have to give to the government.

Campaigners in London Fields say they are “hugely disappointed” after plans for two new homes on their estate were signed off.

Haringey Council has confirmed it will be looking to increase anti-homelessness funding to tackle rough sleeping in Stroud Green Road, after the borough’s provision was criticised.

A man whose home was bulldozed in the Woodberry Down regeneration is taking Hackney Council to a tribunal after rejecting their valuation of it.

London Assembly members have quizzed representatives from the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) over the rate of housebuilding in the Olympic Park last year.

Campaigners fighting the building of two new homes on their London Fields estate will let their feelings be known at a council meeting.

A much-loved community garden in Dalston will be plunged into darkness if plans for a new high-rise development get the green light, campaigners say.

Security doors that don’t lock, lifts that don’t work and repairs that don’t happen. That’s what people living on the Morningside Estate in South Hackney get for their money.

A former chocolate factory in a Shoreditch conservation area will be totally hidden from view if developers get their way and build a five-storey hotel three metres away.

Finsbury Park’s Woodberry Down regeneration project has been named London Project of the Year at the prestigious annual RICS construction awards.

A housing association that caters only for Orthodox Jews is being taken to the High Court for discrimination.

Rogue landlords who leave tenants living in appalling conditions will have to bring their homes up to scratch or pay tenants back up to a year’s rent under new measures passed by Hackney Council.

Olympic Park developers have been denounced for making a “highly offensive and racist remark” after referring to an “infestation of Travellers” at a public meeting.

An award-winning architect is profiting from taxpayers’ money operating homeless hostels where human faeces has been found smeared on walls and conditions are described as “shameful”, the Gazette can reveal.

Hackney Council wants to start doing its own fire risk assessments – because private firms have hiked their fees since the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Hackney Council is in talks to buy the only bit of land it doesn’t own on the De Beauvoir Estate, clearing the path for future redevelopment.

Vulnerable people with mental health problems are among the hundreds living in hostel rooms in Hackney – and their grim surroundings only make it worse. Emma Youle reports on a startling lack of support for those in crisis

Hackney Council’s grand plan to build more than 400 new council homes on underused land has been met with opposition once again.

Landlords are being given hundreds of thousands of pounds in taxpayers’ cash to house Hackney’s homeless in shocking conditions.

Today we relaunch our award-winning Hidden Homeless series.

The firm behind plans for two new homes on a London Fields estate has hit back at neighbours opposing the scheme – and says hardly any of them are actually affected by it.

London Fields campaigners have panned designs for a pair of large new homes on their estate for a second time – and so have independent consultants they hired.

Housing campaigners look to have won an 18-month battle with their landlord over plans to demolish an Upper Clapton estate.

The town hall is setting up its own housing company to get around government laws banning councils from offering “living rent” homes.

Hoxton’s New Era Estate will be demolished and rebuilt by the affordable housing charity that stepped in to buy it after huge protests over rent hikes.

Scores of NIMBY objectors have lodged complaints about plans to flatten 10 dilapidated garages and build 11 new homes – including five council houses.

Gangs of masked thieves have taken to stealing bikes from a block of flats where a housing association has left the front door broken for a whole month.

Terrifyingly, it’s a year since the Gazette launched its Hidden Homeless campaign.

A charity that has helped hundreds of homeless people in Hackney this year is pleading for £10 donations to help buy them a Christmas dinner.

People on an embattled Upper Clapton estate are split on whether or not they want to see homes flattened, the developer has said.

Pensioners say their housing association has ruined Christmas by removing and destroying all the armchairs in their lounge without warning.

Mayor Phil Glanville has slammed the budget for doing next to nothing to help cash-strapped councils like Hackney.

Many of Hackney’s 3,000 families stuck in temporary accommodation have no real prospect of getting an affordable home in the borough, according to a council chief.

It’s been almost 18 months since people on the Northwold Estate were told their homes could be demolished – and they still have no idea what is going on.

Hackney Council has welcomed the government’s long-awaited draft bill to stop letting agents ripping off renters with huge fees and charges – but said it “does not go far enough”.

Work is underway to build 75 homes in Homerton, 28 of which will be for social rent.

Over the last few weeks, the Gazette has painted a pretty depressing picture of housing in the borough.

Work will finally start on the new £40million St Leonard’s Court block next year, six years after the plans were signed off.

Bad landlords will face on-the-spot fines of up to £30,000 and be forced to repay rent to tenants as part of a town hall crackdown on rogue practices.

Less than 3 per cent of private rental properties in Hackney are affordable to those reliant on housing benefit, according to the council – compared with 50pc six years ago.

The price of housing in Hackney, measured by square metre, more than doubled between 2004 and 2016 according to new government figures.

People in the only Hackney tower block whose cladding is similar to that on Grenfell Tower have urged their housing association to “get a move on” with making it safe.

Demolition plans will force a pensioner out of the only home she has known for 54 years – even though the new flat she was promised isn’t built yet.

Hackney Council wants to crack down on “appalling housing conditions” by introducing new licences which could cost some landlords upwards of £500 to implement.

Fitting Hackney’s tower blocks with sprinklers as recommended by the Fire Brigade could cost up to £20m, and would mean “not doing other things”, according to Mayor Phil Glanville.

A new strategy to help tackle the housing crisis in London was unveiled by Mayor Sadiq Khan last week. But will it help or hinder efforts to bring vitally needed affordable homes to Hackney? We asked the Mayor of Hackney for his views.

Plans have been revealed for the first new homes under the town hall’s “innovative” scheme to transform run-down garages and disused council land into housing.

Mayor of Hackney Phil Glanville laid the final brick at a housing project to use up empty land where 15 families will soon be able to live into new council homes.

Whenever I read (or publish) anything about Right to Buy I generally end up spluttering and wringing my hands.

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