Housing is a priority matter among residents of London, a new survey has revealed.

Research by the Greater London Authority found that housing is the most important issue to Londoners, ahead of the cost of living, population growth, jobs and unemployment and transport.

Nearly nine in ten respondents said they believe more housing is required across the city, while almost two-thirds said additional housing is needed in their local area.

Meanwhile, one in five people stated that issues such as the lack of supply, the poor quality and high prices of homes are the worst thing about living in London .

As a result, many advocate measures such as improving the quality of existing social housing, building more homes and supporting home ownership for first-time buyers.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson responded by insisting record sums of money are being put into housing and said it is a priority issue for his administration.

Official figures show that more than 77,000 low cost homes have already been created during Mr Johnson's two terms, while this figure is on course to reach 100,000 by the time he stands down.

The Greater London Authority also pointed out that the number of affordable homes being built in the capital is higher now than it has been since the early 1980s.

This is due to a number of policies, such as the creation of 20 housing zones where the delivery of 50,000 new properties is being fast-tracked. 

In addition, the authority has launched a "housing bank" to boost the availability of low-cost loans for new affordable homes, as well as the London Rental Standard accreditation, so people can identify which landlords and letting agents meet certain quality requirements.

Robert Flint, blogger and solicitor from Winckworth Sherwood, commented: “As someone who has rented a flat in London since 2007, it is no surprise that housing is so important to Londoners.   "With an election coming up, and London's 73 parliamentary constituencies up for grabs, all parties should be seriously looking at their policies of housing in the capital.”