More than 100 tenants of the Octavia Hill Estates in Waterloo, Walworth and Vauxhall staged a demonstration outside Lambeth Palace on Wednesday evening.
Demonstrators outside Lambeth Palace
Campaigners are resisting plans by the Church Commissioners to sell the properties – including 159 homes in Waterloo. If a sale is inevitable, campaigners insist it should be to a social landlord.
"This is greedy behaviour by the Church Commissioners" says Kate Hoey. "We're here to tell the Archbishop of Canterbury that he should be sticking to the values of Octavia Hill."
Lambeth Palace is the Archbishop's London residence. He has no direct control over the Church Commissioners.
The estates in question were managed in the early 20th Century by Octavia Hill, who was instrumental in the provision of affordable housing for poor people. Throughout much of the twentieth century these estates continued to be let at affordable rents, even when rent control was relaxed and open market rents substantially increased.
In November tenants demonstrated outside a meeting of the Church of England's General Synod.
Last year 130 Waterloo homes were sold by the Commissioners.
Kate Hoey giving a television interview. The Church Commissioners are based across the river on Millbank
"Whilst it will be for new owners to determine their own policies, we have stressed to tenants that the sale is of the freeholds of the properties only. Existing tenancy agreements will remain in place."
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