Katie Bates, Laura Lane, Anne Power and Nicola Serle
Published 10 July 2013
Headlines:  Octavia Housing, a long-established social landlord in Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster, provides low cost rented homes to low-income local residents in high-cost areas. In doing so it helps to overcome deep social divisions.  Octavia's rents are far lower than local private rents and offer tenants security and a sense of belonging. Octavia tenants pay around £120 a week, significantly lower than private rents in our case study areas. Tenants generally are happy with their neighbourhoods and they like living where they do.  Most Octavia tenants have lived in these areas for a long time - some all their lives - and long before they became so expensive. They feel part of the area where they live.  Low-income tenants identify many benefits from living in mixed neighbourhoods alongside people on much higher incomes. Schools, parks and amenities earn praise.
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