Activists from Defend Council Housing occupied a flat in south London yesterday in protest at the council selling off its housing stock.
The group has occupied the two-bedroom council flat in the Sackville Estate, in Streatham, (SW16 2TG) to demand the council withdraw it and other properties from the market. The flat was due to be auctioned on Monday, April 6, along with others as part of Lambeth council’s policy of selling off its housing stock. Apparently, in February the council revealed it had hundreds of empty homes on its books, and this week tenants voted against the sale of any “void” properties and asked the authority to explain its policy.
Figures quoted by DCH that there are 17,000 people on the housing list in the borough and 2,000 at present in temporary accomodation (often B&Bs and such like that are highly expensive to the council) show just how absurd it is that the council is intent on selling homes.