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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.

Bet your bottom dollar on this home in Stoke Newington, now the bookies’ favourite to win RIBA’s prestigious Stirling Prize.

All 143 of Hackney’s letting agents will today be urged by the town hall to scrap the eye-watering agency fees many charge tenants just for signing contracts.

Stoke Newington Town Hall could be put to use as a health clinic, restaurant - or even housing - to raise some of the £10m needed to renovate it.

A council tenant has spoken out after leaseholders launched a campaign to stop major refurbishment at their South Hackney estate.

A housing block in Upper Clapton has been “cocooned” in scaffolding since November because contractors ordered the wrong size windows for the flats.

Cladding similar to Grenfell Tower has been discovered at a block on the Woodberry Down Estate and will be removed immediately as a precaution.

Sprinkler systems will be “fully explored” as part of Hackney Council’s fire safety review in the wake of the Grenfell Tower inferno.

All housing projects requiring external cladding have been “paused” by Hackney Council in the wake of the Grenfell Tower inferno.



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