The Mayor's Housing Covenant

On 28 September 2012, the Mayor of London launched his new Housing Covenant, based on the idea that those who contribute to London's success should benefit from that success. In the long tradition of the house building programmes of the London County Council and private sector entrepreneurs such as George Peabody, the Mayor is making a new offer to these households; a new covenant - in return for their hard work for London's economy, he will improve their housing offer. 

To date, the Mayor has launched three Housing Covenant programmes:

  • Homes for working Londoners
  • Care and supported housing fund
  • Making the private rented sector work for Londoners

On 13 December 2012, the third Housing Covenant programme was launched; making the private rented sector work for Londoners. Focusing on the private rented sector, the programme highlights the importance of private renting to London's economy and housing market, while recognising that the sector is growing and that more consistent standards are required. The programme includes a new London Rental Standard, proposals to boost custom-built private rented homes, and a pilot to trial longer tenancies for families.

ARLA's response can be found here.

An earlier response to the Draft London Housing Strategy can be found here.