Around 15 tenants from Butterfields housing estate, where new landlords are pushing through evictions, went to their Labour MP Stella Creasy’s “housing awards” last Saturday.
The Waltham Forest borough in north east London has the fastest rising house prices and one of the highest densities of estate agents in Britain.
This makes it harder for ordinary people to find and keep homes.
The awards allow Creasy to be seen to be acting on the issue, but only look at the behaviour of individual landlords and estate agents.
Winners are rewarded with a photo-op.
Creasy rightly criticised the Glasspool Trust charity that had sold the Butterfields tenants’ homes to their new private landlord. It was given the “Most unhelpful landlord” award.
Labour candidate for London mayor Sadiq Khan attended and asked the audience to applaud the tenants’ campaign.
One tenant called for the flats to be taken into council ownership.
They were set to hold a public campaign meeting on Wednesday and protests outside the auctions of their homes.
Thanks to Ben Morris
Sun 13 Mar, 12 noon, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3TL
Called by Defend Council Housing and others