Jeremy Corbyn has demanded that the empty houses of the rich in Kensington be requisitioned to house the victims of the Grenfell fire.
Why is the basic human need of shelter privatised? Why is land distributed so that some have large homes with many spare rooms, or multiple homes, and others are packed into overcrowded death-traps?
How can we have empty homes when 170,000 people are homeless in London alone?
Councils should be given the power to requisition property left empty and put it to social use.
And, as Corbyn also said, if councils won't do that, people should simply occupy the empty palaces.
“Occupy, compulsory purchase it, requisition it, there’s a lot of things you can do.”
“There are a large number of deliberately kept vacant flats and properties all over London – it’s called land banking. People with a lot of money buy a house, buy a flat, keep it empty.”