So, here we are. After months of speculation, manifesto pledges, and - finally - the general election, the new government is in place, and their house...
In recent weeks, the Government has indicated it will be moving forward with far-reaching proposals to reform the planning system. 'Permitted Development Rights', as they are known, will make it easier for properties to be converted from office space to residential homes more easily.
When you live in a capital it's easy to complain about the big things that are broken, but since visiting all these Second Cities, I'm excited for them in a way I'm not about London. Second Cities will have to figure out how to best harness what they have and keep people loving what's great about them.
Should all landlords across the UK be subject to a government wide accreditation scheme in order to qualify for 'landlord' status and should tenants be registered?
The young didn't come out of Wednesday's Budget well. George Osborne cut housing benefit, scrapped university maintenance grants and restricted the new higher minimum wage to the over-25s. But amid the gloom, the Chancellor struck a blow for the younger generation: cutting tax relief for landlords.
Housing associations are ready and willing to do more. We offer a partnership to agree objectives and produce a genuinely strategic response. What the current generation, and their children's generation, need is a government and housing sector that work together to help them into the homes they need. This isn't about generating headlines, it's about building homes and meeting families' aspirations and the need to work together to achieve that.
The Summer Budget of 2015 sets out clearly the priorities of the Government, and it was a highly effective piece of showmanship. While almost every detail had been trailed in advance the really big item - the National Living Wage - was a true bolt out of the blue.
When are we going to stop shooting ourselves in the foot? If we want to bolster domestic business and really get our economy moving, higher education is the last thing we should be taking a swing at. We're perpetuating our own lack of knowledge, and it's going to cost us in the long run.
There was a small but significant announcement for housing in George Osborne's summer budget. The tax-free amount people can earn by taking in a lodger is going up from £4,250 a year to £7,500.
Dear Kenny... You're absolutely correct. From the housing crisis, to the spiralling cost of living, to the growing chasm between the richest and poorest, our city faces a range of issues that urgently need addressing.
Understandably, more and more renters are joining Shelter's campaign to demand improvements. So why don't we just cap rents? It would be quick and direct, and instinctively, it feels like an easy way to make life cheaper for Britain's eleven million renters.
In fact, private renters in the UK pay the highest price for housing in the entire European Union. With an average monthly rent of 902 Euros per month (the equivalent of around £730), private renters in the UK pay almost double the amount of the European average, which is 481 Euros
Dear Kenny, Your open letter to Mayoral candidates crystalises the frustrations of Londoners of many backgrounds. With the recent election of the Conservative majority government, it would easy for the frustrations to come tinged with a sense of despair that nothing can be done. I disagree.
Does this mean that London is worth paying double the rent of elsewhere in the country to live in? Well perhaps. Our salaries are higher, our opportunities are greater and our options are endless.
With some reports suggesting house prices in central London have cooled dramatically and increasing demand for commercial space in the Capital will th...
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.