The Barnet Labour Group Housing Commission will be taking evidence next week on tackling rogue landlords, improving standards in the private rented sector and how to secure more affordable homes on new developments.
The meeting takes place on Monday 1 December from 7 pm - 10 pm at the Rainbow Centre, Dollis Valley Drive EN5 2UN, and will hear evidence from private tenants' rights campaigner, Jacky Peacock OBE – Executive Director of Advice4Renters; Roz Spencer – Rogue Landlords Taskforce, LB Lewisham, Duncan Bowie – Senior Lecturer in Spatial Planning, University of Westminster, Professors Ines Newman and Marjorie Mayo – authors of ‘Tackling the housing crisis’ and Maria Brenton – co-founder of Older Women’s CoHousing project in High Barnet.
Monday's evidence session follows a successful public engagement launch event that took place on Thursday 20 November at the Crown Moran Hotel in Cricklewood.
A further evidence session has been organised for Monday 8 December at Friern Barnet Community Library.
Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Alison Moore said: “We’re delighted to welcome our witnesses to come and give evidence in Barnet.
"We want to hear from experts across the sector about what they are doing to tackle rogue landlords, improve private renting, and of course, to build more of the affordable homes that we so badly need in the borough."
Labour’s Housing Spokesperson, Cllr Ross Houston said: "It's fitting that our first evidence session is taking place in Dollis Valley – a council estate in the process of a major regeneration.
"Barnet’s large regeneration projects provide us with an opportunity to build the affordable homes for social rent that we need, and we will be asking our witnesses how we can maximise that opportunity."
Barnet's Labour councillors have set-up the Housing Commission to look into how Barnet can increase the supply of affordable homes, and help improve standards in the private rented sector.
The Commission is Chaired by Nicky Gavron AM, and is made up of independent housing experts, local community representatives and Labour councillors. You can find out more about our Commissioners here.
The Commission will meet six times over the next 8 months, and will be taking evidence from housing professionals, other London boroughs and the local community. The meetings will all be open to the public to attend.
Anyone can submit written evidence to the Commission by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the Housing Commission see: http://betterbarnet.nationbuilder.com/housing_commission
For further details please contact:
Cllr Alison Moore: email@example.com
Cllr Ross Houston: firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568