Long Live the Living Room

Matt Hutchinson | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK
Matt Hutchinson

The festive season is upon us. At some point over the next couple of weeks most of us will have a cosy evening decorating the Christmas tree in our Christmas jumper, listening to the Pogues and drinking mulled wine. People living in house shares are no exception. Except they are, well 16% of them. That's because 16% of shared homes don't have a living room. ..

Private Tenants Are Being Ripped Off and Letting Agents Can Provide the Answer

Stephen Purvis | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK
Stephen Purvis

An alarming number of private tenants - sixty per cent - believe UK letting fees are poor value for money, according to a recent poll. The survey, carried out by Populus, found that nearly half of private renters felt that letting fees did not reflect the time and effort put in by the letting agent.

How To Make House Packing Less Hellish

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If buying a house is one of the most stressful things that you can do, then surely packing comes in a close second. While moving home can be one of...

How To Decorate Your Rented Home, Without Losing Your Deposit

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Without a doubt, one of the most frustrating elements of renting a home can be feeling a lack of control over its decoration. However, there are m...

9 Things You Should Ask When Renting flat

Sarah O'Meara | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah O'Meara

There's a reason that the British are obsessed with owning property. It's because being a tenant hasn't changed much since feudal times. In the eyes of many landlords, renters are no more than common peasants, preordained to live in squalor by virtue of their birth.

Eight Things You Only Know When You Live By Yourself

Daisy May Sitch | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daisy May Sitch

To bask in the glory of NOT SHARING, to prove that being a strong and independent is something you're fully capable of. But here's a heads up, before you go making any big decisions on renting or buying solo. These are the eight things you only truly know when you live by yourself...

Sorry Boris, the London Rental Standard Just Isn't Enough

Matt Hutchinson | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Hutchinson

Rewind a few decades to when the Conservatives, under Margaret Thatcher, were selling off council houses under the Right To Buy scheme. The then Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Heseltine, said that home ownership helps to foster "attitudes of independence and self-reliance, the bedrock of a free society".

Labour's Reforms Could Ruin London's Rental Market

David Butler | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
David Butler

Last week, the Labour Party revealed how it intends to reform the private rented sector if successful in its bid to win next year's general election. In short, Miliband's plan is to make three-year tenancies the norm, cap rents and ban extortionate letting agent fees for tenants

Generation Rent

Georgina Barnard | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Georgina Barnard

You think you've finally found the perfect place; you've dazzled them with your charm, wit and perfect blend of 'I'm serious and clean, but obviously totally easy-going and fun' and then, BANG, you get the news: 'Thank you very much for your interest in the room but we've decided to go with someone else'. Brutal.

Finding the Right Student House

Danielle Lowe | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

Time at university flies by for most students. Days blend in with the next as we stay up late reading for tomorrows class, getting that essay written, preparing for that exam next week or having a good time with friends.

We Don't Build Enough Houses, So Let's Get Better at Using the Ones We've Got

Matt Hutchinson | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK
Matt Hutchinson

We're not doing enough to secure the availability of decent, affordable homes in the UK. Ownership is drifting beyond the reach of a whole generation, rents are rising to unprecedented levels and business - and therefore economic recovery - is suffering as a result.

Capital Gains Tax Changes: What Private Landlords Need to Know

David Butler | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK
David Butler

From April 2014, many landlords are set to face hefty tax bills following George Osborne's Autumn Statement announcing a rise in capital gains tax (CGT). At present, the last three years of a rented property's capital growth is exempt from tax once sold, if the landlord once lived in it. After April this will be halved to just 18 months.

Housing Crisis Tips Thousands More Workers Onto Housing Benefit

David Orr | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
David Orr

Despite the obvious need, the clear demand and the huge economic benefits we still fail to invest in housing. We still have the hysterical reaction of the well-heeled and well housed to the idea of new homes being built.

Don't Kill Yourself Trying to Buy a Flat in London, When You Can RENT, RENT, RENT

Annabel Burn | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Annabel Burn

Having said that, I live in London, in a flat I love. It has a gorgeous garden and it's in a street that I have wanted to live in since I was a kid. I could never afford to buy my home here, but renting here is very doable.

Five Estate Agents You'll Have the Misfortune to Meet

Poorna Bell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

I have yet to meet an estate agent who at some point hasn't told me a massive porky pie with a straight face. This person employs the technique of successful liars, whereby you take a nugget of truth and embellish around it. In some cases, the nugget is the size of the God Particle.

Why People Are More Important Than Property for Generation Rent

Matt Hutchinson | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Hutchinson

The Australians have it right - they don't use the term flatshare, they call them 'sharehouses'. This puts the sharing element before the property, just as it should be.

Landlords to Police Immigration? Don't be Daft

Matt Hutchinson | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Hutchinson

It's clear the Government is trying to get to the root of the issue - immigrants need accommodation, so go to the source - but there are several problems with this proposal.

Fancy Staying In A Castle?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The phrase "student housing" traditionally conjures up images of mice droppings, cramped bedrooms and scummy bathrooms - but not with this lot. He...

Gentrification: The Curse of the Renting Classes

Matt Hutchinson | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Hutchinson

When I moved into my current rented flat in Forest Hill the area was reasonably cheap and had no coffee shops. Now, seven years later, it has at least five coffee shops, a deli and several boutiques. On top of that it's also on the East London Line on the overground. All of this has pushed rents up by over 50%.

Why Our National Obsession With Home Ownership Has to End

Matt Hutchinson | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK
Matt Hutchinson

Aspiring to own is as much a part of our national DNA as tea, obsessing about the weather or losing on penalties. It's ingrained in our cultural psyche as a right rather than a hope but, with such a massive portion of the population renting and ownership in decline, isn't it time we learned to think differently?

The True Cost of Being a Landlord

Phil Shanks | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK
Phil Shanks

Housing remains my preferred investment choice. Get it right and it provides a stable return that keeps pace with inflation. But the revenue return rates are not as high as some would have you believe. They are however sensible, sustainable and therefore attractive as an investment.

Generation Rent: Wipe Your Shoes on the Way In

James Coe | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
James Coe

First-time buyers face an average deposit of roughly £26,500. This is all only made worse by the fact that renting is now actually more expensive than paying a mortgage in all but five UK cities, so actually saving for a deposit is increasingly difficult as well.

How to Get Rich by the Time You're 50

Katie Morley | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Morley

But a growing number of us are getting impatient. We don't want to wait until we're nearly 40 to be a property owner. No. We want to be rich, or at least financially comfortable, by the time we're middle aged - which means we need to make things happen much quicker.

From Bed to Desk in Less Than 60 Minutes

Jonathan Ambrose | Posted 29.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Ambrose

Not only do you save on public transport by working close to home, but you can also save money on expensive food and overpriced lattés. At some point we've all been guilty of spending an eyebrow raising amount of our pay packet on over-priced and over-salted lunch meals.

Britain Needs More Houses, But It Doesn't Need Them Everywhere

Paul Swinney | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Politics
Paul Swinney

High house prices are bad for future economic growth of cities such as Oxford because they price people out of the job opportunities that are available within them. This is bad for the individual, bad for businesses in such cities and, as a result, is bad for the economy.