---There are a few houses which, under pre-war standards, would be
closed for not being 'in all respects reasonably fit for human habitation'.
Having regard, however, to the post-war shortage of alternative accommodation
these houses are occupied, in some cases by a bad type of tenant. Many
of the occupiers take in one or more lodgers, or sub-let one or more
rooms for the purpose of augmenting their incomes.
'The Hornsey Town Council is preparing to build some houses for the
working classes: and it is undeniable that these houses will be very
readily taken by decent people, ma»y of whom are newly married
persons who for many years have been looking for houses. But, very properly,
the Town Council demands that its tenants shall be fairly respectable
and decent people: and the shiftless and bad tenant will not, and should
not, find his way to a new Corporatin house. He would make a pigsty in
a month, would take lodgers in every room and be evicted before he had
paid any rent. So it must not be thought that the provision of Corporation
houses will render more practicable the closing and demolition of, say
Ward's Cottages, a block of six back-to-back houses in North Hill; for
the tenants there are not the sort that would be received into a Corporation
'The sub-letting of houses and the taking in of lodgers, to which I
have referred, is especially in evidence in the Campsbourne area, although
it exists in other parts of the town. Practically every house in certain
streets is sub-let, and in some instances the original tenant makes a
good living out of letting his rooms.
Overcrowding can be considered from two aspects: there is a legal overcrowding
where each person has less than 300 cubic feet of space (I believe there
is none of that in Hornsey): and there is the moral overcrowding where
more than one family share a cooking range, a sink, a water-closet and
a copper - and of that there is a very great deal. It is economic in
origin. One family cannot afford to live in a five-roomed house: but
five families can afford to live there. Overcrowding of this nature will
obviously not be remedied by the new Corporation houses; although these
are emphatically needed by a large number of persons able aid willing
to pay the rents and behave like decent citizens.'