Landlord licensing

A very real housing crisis

Posted on February 9th, by Alison Butler in Politics & Society. 5 comments

Labour’s Deputy Leader of Croydon Council raises the root causes behind homelessness, and what’s being done about them

Homes, homes, homes – a bit of a buzzword at the moment, with the government pledging different amounts of money for different things, or sometimes the same money for different things. However, what is lacking is the withdrawal of polices which are doing so much harm in … Read More »

March 2016 in brief

Posted on April 6th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. 3 comments

The news highlights for March 2016 in Croydon, compiled by the Citizen team

Confirmation that Fairfield Halls will close on 15th July for two years

The Croydon Advertiser reported at the end of February that the Fairfield Halls will close its doors for two years as its £30 million rebuild begins. Fairfield (Croydon) Ltd, the charity which operates the building, had dropped its opposition … Read More »

Don’t push Croydon to the back of the housing queue

Posted on November 26th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. No Comments

Robert Ward warns that if Croydon’s movers and shakers make the borough too unattractive for developers, we’ll simply end up with no new housing at all

With the consultation period for the revised Croydon Local Plan just beginning, now is a good time to review where we are, starting with what we already know about the council’s thinking on housing. According to a press release from May … Read More »

Datablog: Croydon’s housing market

Posted on September 9th, by Robert Ward in Economics & Business. 1 Comment

Once again, Robert Ward crunches the numbers so that you don’t have to

Housing has been on my mind to examine for some time. What kept me from doing so was not the complexity. It was the opinionated rhetoric.

Look no further than the blog by Councillor Newman, the leader of Croydon Council or Councillor Butler’s press release on landlord licensing for routine landlord-bashing, … Read More »

Croydon’s landlord licensing scheme is under challenge (again)

Posted on July 2nd, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 12 comments

Robert Ward’s bête noire is back in the headlines, but he’s still not convinced

Following last year’s decision by Croydon Council to impose Selective Landlord Licensing across the borough, I had given up on preventing its imposition. The last line of defence beyond the council decision and its confirmation by the Scrutiny Committee is a judicial review. This is too expensive for an individual. Landlords’ organisations have also … Read More »

In praise of politics

Posted on April 8th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Robert Ward speaks from experience when he says that engaging with our political system matters

Politics is important. Not ‘important’, like not forgetting mum’s birthday, ‘important’ like life and death. On a scale of one to ten, it’s ten.

How could it not be? It’s about taking the big, difficult decisions, about making the world a better place.

A minority view, I know. … Read More »