New research has dubbed Ealing a housing blackspot with no affordable homes for first-time buyers throughout the entire borough.
Housing and homelessness charity Shelter compared asking prices for properties on sale with affordability thresholds for three different household types derived from average earnings figures.
The findings showed 99.7 per cent of properties for sale in London are unaffordable for the average family looking to buy their first place, with only 86 suitable homes on the market and none of those being in Ealing.
Dr Rupa Huq, Labour’s candidate to be the next MP for Ealing Central and Acton, called the situation a disaster for families and young people who are desperate to get on the housing ladder.
Robert Barrett, Head of new homes at Rolfe East estate agents who cover west London and have their head office in Ealing, said: “Obviously house prices in west London are rising at a fantastic rate fuelled by demand, and Crossrail is coming.
“It makes it more difficult to get onto the property ladder but we have shared ownership schemes in Ealing which is really good.
Shelter’s research, published on Wednesday last week (June 25) , was collated one day in April by looking at every property advertised on property website Zoopla, although the research is in no way endorsed or supported by Zoopla.
Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of Shelter, said: “When a family looking to buy their first home searches a whole town for a place to live and finds nothing they can afford, it’s clear we’re not just facing a housing shortage any more: it’s a full-blown drought.
“Our failure to build more homes is leaving a whole generation of young people with no choice but to remain trapped in expensive and unstable private renting, or stuck in their childhood bedrooms.
“The only way to bring house prices back within reach is to fill the gap between the homes we have and the homes we need.”
An Ealing Council spokesperson said: “Unfortunately London is in the grip of a property boom and while we cannot control house prices we are working on a range of initiatives to increase the amount of affordable housing available to buy and rent in Ealing.”
In 10 London boroughs no affordable homes were found.