By 1939 we have sufficient financial independence to buy properties with our own resources. But then waves of evacuation and Blitz bombing leave us with unpaid rent, empty flats, damaged buildings. Some of our stock has to be sold. Controlled rents make it hard to raise enough funds to restore buildings that are now 80 years old. A change in the law in 1954 allows us to raise rents. Our furious tenants are lobbied by Communist Party activists and many sign up.