We are committed to building the better homes Lambeth residents need, plus more new homes to help tackle Lambeth’s housing crisis.
No one at Lambeth underestimates the stress that building works or moving into temporary accommodation while we rebuild your estate could cause. We want to help. We will give you all the information and support that you need to make the best choice for your and your family’s future. Our Key Guarantees are an essential part of this. They mean that:
Every council tenant will be able to move to a brand-new home at council level rent
Resident homeowners can be helped to stay on the estate with affordable options
All secure tenants and homeowners will have the opportunity to be involved in shaping the masterplan for each new estate
Homes for Lambeth will be offering new Lifetime Assured tenancies for your new home on the rebuilt estate. We want to hear what you think about the draft tenancies.
We have already talked with your Independent Resident Advisors. We have paid for them to get independent legal advice on the new tenancies. We have included most of the advice and you can see this in the new tenancies. You can download the independent advice here.
Homes for Lambeth and your new Lifetime Assured tenancy
Your new Lifetime Assured tenancy agreement for your new home will be with Homes for Lambeth, not with the council. However, your rent will be set in the same way as it is now, based on a formula set for all councils by central Government.
Homes for Lambeth will sell and rent some homes at market rates. This will pay for new and better homes, and allow the council through Homes for Lambeth to reinvest the 15-20% development surplus (money that private developers normally make) back into more homes.
The structure of Homes for Lambeth puts its governance firmly within the council’s democratic structures. All decisions made by the council’s cabinet will be based on recommendations from a new ‘Ownership and Stewardship’ panel made up of 4 cabinet members and a tenant. Cabinet decisions will also be subject to the normal checks and balances of the council’s constitution.
Each new estate can set up its own Tenants and Residents Association (TRA), which can engage with the estate’s housing management services supplier.
All secure tenants pay a service charge. Some pay service charges for the upkeep of communal spaces, gardens, lifts, caretaking, repairs, landscaping, and lighting combined with their rent. Some pay it as a separate item. The service charges for secure tenants are averaged across the borough.
Homes for Lambeth will set your service charges based only on the costs of maintaining the estate where you live. It is likely that there will be two parts to your service charge – one part for the wider estate and the second specific to the building you live in. Your service charges will be listed as a separate item in bills so you can see the costs.
We will be able to estimate the level of service charges for each estate when design work reaches an advanced stage. These will remain estimates until we have completed the design for each part of an estate, finalised the tenancy and selected a future housing management provider for the estate.
Having your say on your new tenancy agreement
The new Lifetime Assured tenancy agreement is very like your current Secure Tenancy Agreement. While Homes for Lambeth is wholly owned by the council, we’ve made changes to reflect the fact that the council will no longer be your landlord, and different legislation governs council and non-council tenancies. We understand how important security of tenure is for residents. Our draft of the new Lifetime Assured tenancy try to match the terms of old secure tenancies as closely as possible.
To have your say you can complete an online survey on the link below:
How else can I have my say?
You can also have your say at a regular drop-ins event on your estate or a dedicated event. For more information go to:
You can also go and see your local independent resident adviser and tell them your views. They will pass on your comments. You can find their contact details at:
or by going to your estates engagement hub. You can also download a consultation booklet and send back a completed form.
All feedback will need to be received by 5pm on the 3rd November 2017.
- Consultation booklet
- Draft Lifetime Assured tenancy agreement
- Existing tenancy agreement
- Independent legal advice