The first tenants are being handed their keys this week after squatters were cleared from Victorian housing blocks in south London.
Twenty two flats with two-bedroom are being made available at council rent levels in Rushcroft Road, Brixton after a thorough refurbishment.
There were scuffles between the squatters and the bailiffs when six blocks were first cleared in July, 2013 by Lambeth council.
Cllr Matthew Bennett, Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “I’m delighted that on Monday tenants will be handed the keys to some of the first new council homes in Brixton in a generation. These are lifetime council homes at proper social rents, being made available to local families in housing need.
“There are now 21,000 people on Lambeth’s waiting list and homelessness has risen over the last year with about 1800 families now living in temporary accommodation. While the Government and the Mayor are failing to build the homes that local people need we are committed as an administration to 1,000 extra homes for council rent over the next four years.”
The villas in Rushcroft Road have been brought back to their former glory by the council’s housing management firm Lambeth Living who worked with contractors Pellings and Thomas Sinden.
The work saw the complete refurbishment of three blocks of Victorian flats, of which five flats were occupied throughout the project. The blocks were all so run down they needed totally gutting, with major work from top to bottom, including a brand new roof on one.