This week 60 years ago: Tribunal hears Islington tenants pay ‘shocking’ rent

Islington Gazette: September 20, 1957

Islington Gazette: September 20, 1957 - Credit: Archant

A Holloway tenant managed to get a reduction of her “absolutely shocking” rent at a tribunal.

C. Gill was paying £4 and 10 shillings a week for her two-bed flat in Camden Dwellings, York Way.

The property was riddled with damp and rent was reduced to 24 shillings at the Islington Rent Tribunal.

Chairman Harry Samuels said: “This is an absolutely shocking rent. It’s the rent of a decent flat in the West End, but this is a slum property furnished with junk. It is only a comment on the present housing situation that people will still pay it.”

Meanwhile, part of what would become the Bemerton Estate was approved by planners.


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London County Council accepted plans for a 10-storey block in Bemerton Street and two four-storey blocks in Bingfield Street, both off Caledonian Road.

The cost of the development, which would create 229 homes, was estimated at £672,000 (equivalent of £15million today).

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