Homes for Lambeth is a group of companies wholly-owned and controlled by Lambeth Council. We were set up by the council because this is the best way for the council to deliver on their commitment to build better homes for current residents and more genuinely affordable homes for those waiting on the council’s housing lists.
Our structure allows us to build private homes which will subsidise the more and better homes we need and to provide excellent service to our residents. Our governance ensures that Homes for Lambeth is rigorously accountable to the public through the council’s democratic structures. Our activities and major decisions are overseen by Lambeth Council’s Ownership & Stewardship Panel and the Council’s Cabinet.
HFL Group is the holding company within the Homes for Lambeth group of companies. It is a private company limited by shares, of which 100% are held by the council.
HFL Build is a development company responsible for building new homes. It is a private company limited by shares, of which 100% are held by Homes for Lambeth Group. Its surplus will be cycled back into the group of companies to help pay for more affordable homes.
HFL Homes is a Registered Provider of social housing regulated by the Homes and Communities Agency. It will acquire affordable housing from Homes for Lambeth Build and also S106 properties, which are secured from developers by the council through planning obligations. It is a private company limited by shares, of which 100% are held by HFL Group and, as the parent, Homes for Lambeth Group will provide the necessary guarantees and assurances that the company will be able to meet its financial regulatory requirements, so as to ensure the protection of affordable housing assets.
HFL Living is intended to be a Private Rented Sector (‘PRS’) housing company. It is currently dormant, but it has been sent up to allow HFL Group to rent homes on the private market if required. It would acquire new housing from HFL Build and any surplus will be cycled back into the group of companies to help subsidise more affordable homes. It is a private company limited by shares, of which 100% are held by Homes for Lambeth Group.
Homes for Lambeth Boards
The Homes for Lambeth group of companies, HFL Build, HFL Homes and HFL Living are each overseen by dedicated boards, who in turn report to the HFL Group board, chaired by Group Chair Richard Reynolds. These boards make important decisions about what Homes for Lambeth do and use their extensive experience in the housebuilding industry to support and guide our work.
These companies Articles of Association can be seen on the links below:
Lambeth Council Oversight and Scrutiny
The relationship between Homes for Lambeth and Lambeth Council is governed by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which was agreed by the council's cabinet. You can see the MOU on the link below:
Note: The original 2017 version of the MOU presented reflects changes made under a 2019 Deed of Amendment agreed between LBL/HFL, together with amendments to section 2 that were agreed between the parties to the Agreement in the course of 2020.
Lambeth Council’s Cabinet has also established the Ownership and Stewardship Panel. This makes recommendations to the Cabinet regarding Homes for Lambeth’s proposed business activities. The Panel is made up of:
- Cllr Matthew Bennett, Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment & New Homes (Chair);
- Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, Deputy Leader of the Council;
- Cllr Paul Gadsby, Cllr for Vassall Ward
- Cllr Iain Simpson, Cllr for Streatham Hill Ward;