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Most London councils are still failing to effectively tackle rogue landlords

London private housing tenants are currently protected by just a threadbare patchwork of enforcement against London's rogue landlords, according to data obtained by Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon. The survey is the second time that Caroline Pidgeon has surveyed all London boroughs.

Based on freedom of information requests that were submitted in the Summer to all 32 London Boroughs, information has been obtained showing the record of action against rogue landlords being taken across London. All London Boroughs responded to the requests for information, although some were unable to reply fully to the requests.

Commenting on the results of this extensive London-wide survey, Caroline Pidgeon said:

“Last year the housing charity Shelter revealed that one in twenty renters believe they have recently rented from a rogue landlord and 60 per cent of renters had experienced either damp, mould, leaking roofs or windows, electrical hazards, animal infestation or gas leaks.

Shocking figures reveal the true impact of moped crime in London

The increasing problem of crime committed by moped riders has been highlighted in figures obtained by the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Caroline Pidgeon.

Following her questioning of the Mayor, figures have been released showing that in just nine months there have been 17,606 ‘moped enabled’ crimes in London.

The figures reveal that moped raiders are affecting every London Borough, although the crimes at present are heavily dominant in Camden, Islington and Westminster.

Commenting on the latest figures, Caroline Pidgeon said:

Mayor agrees that fire safety breaches by landlords must be publicised

Breaches of fire safety legislation by landlords, including details of prosecutions brought by the London Fire Brigade, will now be included on the soon to be launched London rogue landlords database. The assurance was finally given this week by the Mayor of London following questioning by Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon.

Responding to the Mayor's police station closure plans

Caroline Pidgeon has set out in a letter to the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime a number of concerns with plans to close some police stations and put more reliance in technology.

In particular, Caroline says:

The plan is lacking in detail and many residents have serious concerns about the scope and extent of the Mayor’s police closure plans. These need to be properly addressed.

The case for Crossrail 2 is overwhelming

Writing for Dave Hill's new OnLondon site, Caroline Pidgeon explains the overwhelmingly strong case for investing in Crossrail 2:

The case for Crossrail 2 is overwhelming. It would free up space for around 15 more trains in the morning peak from Hampshire and Surrey, providing 11,800 extra seats into Waterloo.

More than a million public transport journeys every day would be significantly better because of it. An additional 200,000 new homes and 200,000 new jobs would be supported.

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