Mayor Boris Johnson is being urged to work with boroughs to expand the use of ‘pop-up homes’ across the capital after research suggested they could cut rents by up to a third.
Conservative London Assembly member Andrew Boff says the factory-assembled homes would offer a “fast, cost-effective” solution to London’s housing shortage which is leaving families over-crowded and pushing up rents.
Such properties are already used in Amsterdam and across other parts of the UK.
A case study in Mitcham showed that pop-up apartments were being rented at £148 per week, almost a third less than the average local rent.
Mr Boff says that although the homes are cheaper and quicker to put up, they often exceed building standards and safety regulations and can provide high-quality and spacious accommodation.
He commented: “The standard of pop-up homes has improved beyond recognition in recent years. This realistic and sustainable housing solution is an un-tapped goldmine.”
The AM says he will be urging the Mayor “to work with local authorities to spearhead the adoption of pop-up housing across London.”