Bethnal Green and Bow MP Rushanara Ali spoke in Parliament about residents in Tower Hamlets facing eviction from their homes.
She spoke of the decision by social landlord East Thames Group to cut its intermediate market rent scheme, which helps working people to afford to live in London.
Residents on the scheme received letters from East Thames Group in October informing them the scheme was being axed and that they could either buy their property or would have to vacate it within two to three months.
After her remarks in Parliament, Ali voted against the Government’s Housing and Planning bill, citing the scaling-back of housing association support for key workers and the severe loss of affordable homes as key Government failures since 2010.
She said: “Having met with residents and heard about their concerns and the difficult financial situations they have being put in, I am very concerned that East Thames have not provided residents with reasonable time or support to find new homes or to buy their properties.
“Residents are understandably upset. I have requested an urgent meeting the chief executive of East Thames, in which I will raise the concerns of residents and will call for further talks about how we can protect this essential housing for our key workers.
“It is clear that communities in Tower Hamlets and across the country are already starting to feel the impact of Government’s ill thought-out proposals on housing. I will continue to support residents in their fight to ensure a better deal is given and work to ensure that none of them are left without a roof over their heads.”
Ali’s comments come a week after neighboring MP Jim Fitzpatrick (Lab, Poplar and Limehouse) pledged his support for residents of East Thames who had been told to vacate their houses.
East Thames said financial constraints forced them to “streamline” their housing stock, and said money generated would go back into its social housing provision.
It conceded some residents would have been taken by surprise by the announcement, and that it was extending the notice period on the homes.