Every student in the UK has their own horrifying story of bad landlords and disgusting houses. Letting agencies and landlords are legendary for ripping students off, failing to pay back deposits, and providing practically unliveable houses. There have been cases of a bedroom ceiling collapsing in Bristol, lucky escapes from carbon monoxide poisoning, and of course; mould...
Imagine the atmosphere in your home, the place you're supposed to feel safest, becoming so unbearable you simply can't stay? This is the reality for far too many young people, and even more are on the brink of disaster. You don't see that moment of crisis coming. You're left not knowing what to do or where to go next.
It is all too tempting to blame the young for not having enough 'go' in them, for their self-pity and endless moaning about the housing ladder and tuition fees. As if they really are the most put upon generation there ever was. I'm guilty of blaming them for that.
The gap between supply and demand of housing is growing, pushing up prices and rents. Graduates are being priced out of the capital and first-time buyers are finding it more and more difficult to save a deposit.
There are many top quality student properties in Swansea that are maintained by kind, caring and helpful landlords. However, there is no avoiding that a significantly high number of students are suffering from sub-standard accommodation that is plastered in mould, infested with slugs and neglected by the irresponsible landlord that owns it.
One of the strange features of the British political establishment and the media is that policy ideas that were a matter of political consensus betwee...
"Why on earth have you said 'yes'?" one of my close MP friends asked last night. Here's my answer. Jeremy Corbyn's win was overwhelming. He was properly nominated - by us as Labour MPs - and emphatically elected by more than 420,000 members and supporters. He is our new Labour leader. End of story. Respect for the result, means MPs need good reasons not to serve. And arguably the responsibility is greater on those of us who backed a different candidate to respond to Jeremy Corbyn's pledge to be "broad and inclusive" and a leader who "welcomes debate and wider involvement".
The PM and the Chancellor have a responsibility and an historic opportunity to get to grips with a problem dodged by governments for decades, and help thousands of families on everyday wages find - and keep - a home.
My name is Jacob Lewis and my story took over A-level results day 2015. I opened my results at approximately 8.30am (cue high-fives and bear hugs with the Principal) and by that evening I was everywhere; newspapers, TV, radio - but why? I accomplished this while being, for all intents and purposes, homeless during the academic year.
Three things are clear. Right to buy has priced many Londoners out of the possibility of owning their own home. Government legislation forcing people in council houses on small incomes to pay market prices places many at risk: the very people social housing is supposed to support.
A trend began to appear - the properties that were listed the longest tended to be un-let for a reason. This meant that we had to constantly keep on refreshing our search engines to keep updated with the latest properties that hit the market. Those that were even slightly worth their salt went instantly.
I think I have the answer to two of Britain's biggest problems: shortage of housing and concern over immigration. Golf courses. No, not build more of them. Build on them: affordable homes for those who need them, and temporary accommodation units for refugees and asylum-seekers.
The number of renting households forcibly removed from their home by bailiffs has increased again over the last year, as part of a 47% increase in families struggling to keep a roof over their head since housing benefit cuts began.
By providing secure homes for all we build a foundation on which anyone and everyone can build a better life for themselves. To hark back to Mr Cameron's comments that I referenced at the start, I can think of no better 'one nation' goal than that.
Based on the majority of Tory initiated housing policies to date, we might be forgiven for assuming that in their minds, private renters are a homogenous group of middle class, young professionals who just can't quite scrape together the requisite deposit for their own home.
Given the huge policy shifts that the Conservatives committed to in their manifesto on housing, it comes as no surprise that they have moved very quickly in a wide range of areas. Unfortunately, much of their output ranges between policies that could be termed 'fiddling while the UK burns' through to the outright disastrous.