Westbrook responds to Hackney Council and campaigners - sells to Dolphin Square Foundation

Hackney Town Hall

Following the news that Westbrook Partners has sold the New Era estate in Hoxton to affordable housing provider Dolphin Square Foundation, the Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe has issued the following statement:

“This result is what we have been calling for from the outset, so we’re pleased that Westbrook has now done the right thing. I want to pay tribute to the tenants of New Era, who have run a tireless campaign to save the community they care so passionately about.

“Dolphin Square’s commitment to existing rents and tenancies until 2016 is welcome, and we will continue to seek assurances from them about their future plans for the estate.

“This news is very welcome for New Era, but there are thousands of private tenants in London suffering from escalating rents and insecure tenancies. This case highlights the urgent need to reform and regulate the sector.”

Notes for editors:

Hackney Council is calling for greater protection for tenants in the private rented sector.

The Council wants to see longer tenancies, index linked rent rises and the end of tenant fees and unscrupulous evictions