Lambeth: Tenants forced to move out as council plans regeneration

Lambeth Council, which says it has more than 43,000 people on its housing waiting list, announced regeneration plans in 2014.

In anticipation of demolition in 2017, it started moving social tenants off and buying back leaseholder properties.

People in temporary accommodation were able to move into some of the social rented homes.

Some of the former leaseholder properties were reoccupied by private tenants after the council set up an arms length management company called Homes For Lambeth (HfL).

The homes were advertised and let out by local estate agents. However, at the start of this year, the tenants were told the landlord – Lambeth Council – wanted the homes back.

Many of the tenants were unaware their landlord was Lambeth Council. On their contracts, the abbreviation HfL is used.

Pete Elliott, a former Green Party local councillor who lived on the Central Hill Estate for seven years, said private tenants had been treated appallingly.

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