Brian Paddick, the Liberal Democrat candidate for London mayor, explains his approach to housing in the capital
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The number one priority for Londoners at the moment is policing and crime, and with my 30 years experience in the Met police, I remain the most qualified candidate to deal with the issues and make London a safe place.
However, I know that this election is not just about crime. I’m also extremely passionate about housing, and the London Liberal Democrat manifesto is proof of that.
We need more homes; homes that Londoners can afford. That means a dramatic increase in the number of new houses and flats of all types. We plan to build 360,000 homes over a decade and will create a new ‘living rent’ standard so that Londoners’ rent costs should aspire to be no more than one-third of their take home pay.
We will work with all boroughs to restart council home building and aim for half of all new homes built in London being in the social and intermediate sectors by supporting boroughs with the best legal advice to negotiate tough agreements with developers. We will set up a Londoner Housing Company to act as a vehicle to assemble public land and match it with private investment. We will also create an extra 40,000 homes in the spaces above shops and bring 50,000 currently empty homes back into use.
When it comes to the private rental sector, I want to crack down on rogue landlords through effective registration, using local authorities’ extensive powers for licensing all privately rented housing in specific areas. For young people and others looking for safe a decent accommodation, we will promote a mayor’s kitemark for responsible renting and have good landlords and their agents register on a new online website – Rent London.
For my other policies including some great ideas around transport, air quality and supporting London’s economy, please look at our manifesto online www.brianpaddick.com/manifesto
For all our coverage of the race to be the next mayor of London see our election page. The leading candidates will all be explaining their housing policies on our website this week.