Croydon council offered properties in North for homeless

Croydon Council has been offered nearly 100 properties in the north by a property developer as it wrestles with a housing crisis exacerbated by the August riots which made 58 households homeless.

The properties are blocks of two-bedroom apartments in Greater Manchester and Walsall, which the developer has been unable to sell.

This year, Croydon has had to place 300 households in emergency accommodation such as bed and breakfast, compared with just 61 in 2008. Private rental accommodation in the borough is in short supply.

Earlier, Croydon Council called for a serious debate on the crisis facing the borough and confirmed it was in discussions with councils in other parts of the country such as north Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Kent and Sussex.

The developer’s offer is now being considered. A spokesperson for the council said: “We will now look into the viability, but there is a long way to go.

“They will only be temporary accommodation and as such, any people who moved – and we’re a long way off that – would remain our responsibility.”