Many of Stratford residents live in housing provided by the local authority: the Newham London Borough Council. The quality of this kind of accommodation can vary hugely. It really depends on who lives in it and how clean and organised the people living there are. Most of our Stratford customers care for their homes well.
However, we have moved people in and out of private and council accommodation in Stratford.
One thing we noticed is nearly all of this poor quality accommodation in Stratford has problems with rising damp. Some of the houses we saw had mouldy walls and just generally smell unfresh. A lack of refurbishment and a sometimes uncaring council contributes to this. Many of these houses have remained unchanged since they were built in the 60s and 70s.
The other types of accommodation available to the people of Stratford mainly consist of houses built as family homes more than a century ago. Many of these houses have been converted into small flats and are shared by large numbers of people who live in squalid conditions. In some cases for many years or even decades.
The new tower blocks recently build near the Olympic Park in Stratford are usually too expensive for the working-class Londoners.