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We are experiencing a 'housing crisis'. We must be. Because every day, someone - politicians, media pundits, think-tanks - say we are. But it's difficult to remember a time when we weren't experiencing a housing crisis.
Avid readers of the property pages will be aware that letting agents' fees are once again in the press - for all the wrong reasons - following the decision by a landlord to take a certain London based agency to court over their propensity to levy charges.
We are rapidly approaching a point where the UK's poorest, particularly those unfortunate enough to be unemployed and who have larger families, are running out of reasonable housing options. The result is likely to be an increase in the use of temporary accommodation which fails the overcrowded families within it and costs the public purse more despite reforms being marketed as part of an austerity drive.
We don't want the next generation to think our beloved city was made exclusively for travellers and rich investors. We need to ensure London's heritage is preserved. But let's embrace life in the suburbs and take the best of London with it.
Last year alone, 360,000 people visited our website, seeking out advice on how to deal with repossession and eviction, representing a 23% increase in visits compared to the year before.
In 2014-15, there were over 180,000 claims lodged in the court system to evict households. That's over 180,000 letters from the courts sent to households across England, telling over 400,000 people that court action may be taken to remove them from their home. To put it in context - every hour 50 people are at risk of losing their home. These claims resulted in almost 100,000 renters being forcibly evicted from their homes - the highest level in at least 15 years.
Now that the political spectacle once dubbed 'the most un-predictable election in history' is over, and the Tories are at the head of their first majority government since the 1990s, what will they do to deal with the UK's housing crisis?
In a city where millions are reported to be only one payday away from losing their homes, I don't believe criminalising homelessness is right. We need to convince Hackney Council to reconsider the terms of its PSPO and remove the references to rough sleeping from it.
Londoners desperately need a solution to the housing crisis. That's why I'm backing Sadiq Khan for London Mayor - he is the candidate with the most comprehensive plan to fix the housing crisis. The only way to fix the housing crisis in the long run is to increase the supply of new homes. Sadiq has a bold and ambitious plan to do just that.
Despite London being home to thousands of millionaires, over a 100 billionaires and the business centre of Europe, poverty is a big problem here... with all the prosperity going on in our capital, almost 65,000 people are using food banks to survive.
What more do we know now the Queen has sat down that we didn't know last week? We know there will be a housing bill and that extending Right to Buy will be part of it, but that's about it. Quite how much of the detail has been worked out behind the scenes and how much is still up for grabs remains to be seen.
The Queen confirmed proposals to remove housing benefit from many young people and reduce the overall benefit cap by £58 a week. Shelter has long campaigned against the removal of housing benefit from young people unable to live with their families, as this would inevitably drive more people into homelessness.
If this government is committed to doing this and giving young people a decent start in life, this Queen's Speech needs to first focus on providing them with a safe and stable environment that allows young people the chance to flourish and reach their full potential - to which Housing Benefit plays an important role.
Probably the hardest hit by the failure to replace Right to Buy homes is the heart of the Northern Powerhouse itself, Greater Manchester, and the conurbation's experience should set off screaming alarm bells about what may happen under the new scheme. Some 863 social rented homes have been sold in Greater Manchester since 2012, when the promise of one-for-one replacements was first made. Yet of those only two have been replaced: two connected semis on a cul-de-sac in a Wigan suburb. To put it bluntly, the government has tried to squeeze too much out of too small an amount of money...
It's good that housing is now on the national agenda, and that even those in the Westminster bubble has been forced to talk about it. It will take a lot of local campaigning to turn that talk into action.
The housing crisis affects people in many ways, but one of the most obvious shifts we've seen is the number of us who can't afford a home of our own. The large deposits required to buy are only a pipe dream, whilst we live in the expensive private rented sector, or stick at home with our parents. The impacts hit hardest for younger people.