21 NOVEMBER 1931, Page 3

Rehousing Slum Dwellers One of the serious difficulties in the

way of rehousing slum dwellers is reflected in a dispute between the London County Council and its tenants on a housing estate at Peckham. The tenants say that their weekly rents, varying- from lls. to 16s., are too high, and that they cannot pay their rates quarterly because they are unused to putting by so large a sum as £2 12s. 6d. on this account. The County Council blames the Camberwell Borough Council for refusing to allow it the usual small commission fOr the collection- of rates' weekly. The incident should remind housing reformers of the necessity of keeping the rents low whenever very poor people are' rehoused. It is good to hear of the erection of model dwellings, provided with labour-saving devices, such as Princess Helena opened last week in Somers Town. But there is always a danger lest these should be too expensive for the people for whom they are intended. We should like to sec more shun properties reconditioned.

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