The New Era estate scandal is fast becoming a bright burning torch for all that is wrong with housing in London.
The commoditisation of property is beginning to get way out of hand and when it causes homelessness by default we really have a problem. Governments are in place to serve their people and this article from the Guardian perfectly highlights how the incumbent parties are letting down those that require the most protection.
Going through the Land Registry, we traced O’Neill’s invisible landlord. He did indeed live in Singapore – in a public-housing block, in an area carpeted with public housing. That’s hardly unusual for the island state: about 85% of all Singaporeans live in public housing. So O’Neill, who desperately wanted to buy somewhere in London but could barely afford even the remotest suburbs, was paying rent to a landlord who lived in public housing.
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