Support to get on the property ladder

Hajer from Hampstead spoke at the Citizens’ Assembly (watch the video below):
“The most important point that we discussed regarding housing is getting onto the housing property ladder and how to make that affordable, and also discussing the empty properties and how would the council target that and actually occupy it anyways, either in increasing the tax or maybe work out a way with the landlord to tackle that problem.”

Why the contribution is important

Housing in Camden is increasingly becoming unaffordable

by Camden2025Team on December 20, 2017 at 10:29PM

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  • Posted by CouncillorDannyBeales December 24, 2017 at 23:03

    Thanks Hajer. I agree it's so important to get empty homes back into use. We have increased council tax on long-term empty properties (to 150%) and this helped reduce the number.

    We have been asking for some time to be able to increase it further. And at last we now have the power to increase council tax on long-term empty properties to 200% - do you think we should do this? If you have any other thoughts about ideas to bring properties back into use we'd love to hear them.

    Cllr Danny Beales - Cabinet Member for Investing in Communitites
  • Posted by secnw3 January 08, 2018 at 10:59

    Increase the subsidy and publicize the Right to Buy scheme to get more people onto the housing ladder amongst those who find getting a deposit difficult. Sell off premium estates where house values are high to enable more social housing to be built in other mor affordable areas, giving a boost to the housing budget.
  • Posted by tashclayton January 12, 2018 at 10:31

    I agree that empty properties should be tackled. There is a high correlation between offshore ownership and unoccupied properties and with corrupt capital flows (Transparency International UK provides a lot of evidence abour this). I'm all for a high council tax rate. I wonder if it's possible also to publish details somehow?

    Second we need to tackle permanent airbnb houses.

    But I don't agree that help to buy is always the right answer, decent long term rentals can be homes too.
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