The cost of housing in Walthamstow is one of the biggest challenges facing local residents. Many find themselves unable to afford to live in our community, whether due to a shortage of properties, rising rents or increasing house prices. Without action, owning or renting an affordable home in our community will become a distant dream for too many – that’s why the Walthamstow Housing Campaign is helping local residents challenge the pressures increasing the costs of housing in our local community.
In Waltham Forest house prices have doubled over the last eight years, as people have been priced out of other parts of London and so turned their attention to outer London boroughs. The rental market has also seen a dramatic growth- 28% of the population of Walthamstow are privately renting and this is expected to increase in 2021 to be almost 40% of the local population. The shortages of social and affordable housing have fuelled speculation in both rents and house prices. So too, concerns about the quality of housing also continue to grow with many local residents being charged extortionate rents and fees for properties which require repairs to be habitable.
Residents individually can feel powerless to complain about these issues, for fear of being evicted or cut out of the market all together. By bringing residents, local campaigners and myself together, the Walthamstow housing Awards are shining a spotlight on the good and bad practice in the local housing market.
The survey will be open until Friday 17th March at 12pm and is open to all residents of Walthamstow.
The 2017 awards will be held on Saturday 25th March 2017 in Walthamstow at 1:30pm, if you would like to attend please email Pippa@workingforwalthamstow.org.uk.