Restaurant owners re-opening with reduced seating and empty streets fear that having to stump up 50% rent back-dated til April might kill them off entirely. Meanwhile, some wealthier residential tenants are snapping up bargains in big cities from the softer market – whilst others are braced for the end of a moratorium in evictions. As for tourist destinations, how long can the virus keep spiralling rents caused by AirBnB at bay?
Chair: Liz Moseley, Editor and Partner, Tortoise.
Our special guests are:
Tom Copley became Deputy Mayor for Housing in 2020 and oversees the Mayor’s £4.8bn Affordable Homes Programme, including ‘Building Council Homes for Londoners’ – the first-ever City Hall initiative dedicated to council homebuilding.
Tom also oversees the Mayor’s work to improve the private rented sector, and to commission services to support rough sleepers.
Before becoming a Deputy Mayor, Tom was a London Assembly London-wide List Member for eight years, serving as Chair of the Assembly’s housing committee and as Labour Group housing spokesperson. He also served on Lewisham Council, representing Sydenham.
Prior to his election to the Assembly, Tom worked for Hope not hate – an anti-fascist, anti-racist charity that works with communities to fight racism and hatred.
He is a trustee of Humanists UK, and New Diorama Theatre in Camden.
Anne Ashworth is a property and personal finance writer, commentator and consultant. She is a regular contributor to the property and financial sections of the Daily Mail, and a columnist at The London Magazine. While at The Times, she edited two award-winning parts of the newspaper: Bricks & Mortar, covering property and interiors, and Times Money, the personal finance section, with its focus on mortgages, investments and pensions. In both roles she provided a broad range of print and digital content, including comment pieces, reports and features, while also being responsible for editorial direction and design on all platforms.
Luis Mendes has been a guest Lecturer at the Lisbon School of Education since 2010 and the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning of the University of Lisbon (IGOT-UL) since 2012. He is a member of the Portuguese Association of Geographers, the Geography Teachers Association and the Lisbon Tenants Association, integrating since 2012 and 2018, respectively, the board of the latter two. Since 2003, he carries Permanent Researcher functions in the Centre for Geographical Studies of the University of Lisbon (CEG/UL) of IGOT-UL, in which has developed research in the fields of Urban Studies (notably gentrification and urban regeneration), Geographical Education and Teaching of Geography.