Theresa May's Tories Have Made Britain's Broken Housing Market Worse - Labour Will Fix It

John Healey | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK Politics
John Healey

This week at Labour Party conference, Jeremy Corbyn powerfully argued the case for change on housing. Labour will do things differently, and we'll be looking for the widest possible input, not just from experts but tenants, community groups and the public as we shape our social housing review to tackle the big problems that the Grenfell Tower fire means we must now urgently confront. A failing housing market seems inevitable when you have failing Conservative Ministers, bound by their ideology from doing what is needed. Labour is giving people hope that things can change.

If You Want To Live In Zone One, These 'Microflats' Could Finally Make It Affordable

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK

Some Londoners might at last be able to afford to live in Zone One thanks to a new range of “micro-flats” proposed by a regeneration specialist. A...

Politics Is Dominated By The Voices Of Homeowners - Time For Renters To Make Their Voices Heard Too

Dan Wilson Craw | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Politics
Dan Wilson Craw

Moving house is stressful. First you have to find somewhere close enough to work, but cheap enough to afford, and then leap in with an offer before an...

Five Tips For Negotiating A Lower Monthly Rent

Lanre Onibalusi | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK
Lanre Onibalusi

Most of us are trying to spend less and save more, and that means cutting back our expenses wherever we can. And what's your biggest monthly expense? ...

The Government Needs A Bigger Vision For Renters

Edward Douglas | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Politics
Edward Douglas

Reform of the Buy to Let market needs to go hand in hand with a bigger strategy for Build to Rent so that secure, stable, good quality homes are available to those who need stable, comfortable, affordable homes.

Banishing Letting Agents Fees Will Help Make Private Renting A Little Less Terrible

Tom Copley | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Copley

Renting in the private sector is precarious. Tenancies last no more than six to twelve months, and landlords can evict tenants for no reason at two months' notice. By 2020, a third of Londoners will rent from a private landlord, and it is already the dominant tenure for younger people.

14 Tweets That Accurately Sum Up Your Feelings Towards Estate Agents

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

If you don’t plan on living in your parents’ box room for the rest of your life, you will have to put on your adult hat and deal with estate agent...

14 Tweets That Sum Up The Emotional Pain Of Renting In London

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

With extortionate prices, unscrupulous landlords and mouldy bathrooms to contend with, London’s generation rent really have drawn the short straw. T...

Room Rental Websites Are Putting Woman At Risk

Sarah Power | Posted 24.09.2017 | UK Tech
Sarah Power

Unfortunately dating has a dark side and so does looking for somewhere to live, especially when you're a young woman on your own. Moving in with complete strangers is unlikely to be anyone's first choice but often poor timing, a lack of money or just plain bad luck means renting a room in a shared house or flat is the only option.

12 Tweets That Sum Up The Pain Of Neighbours

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

In an ideal world we’d be popping over to our neighbours for a cup of sugar, but the reality is that some forget to put the bins out and their sex l...

Private Landlords Get Billions In Housing Benefit In Taxpayer-Funded 'Madness'

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 20.08.2016 | UK

Private landlords received £9.3bn in housing benefit from the taxpayer last year - almost double the amount they did a decade ago, according to a new...

Big Renters Survey - Tell Me About Your Tenancies, Toilets and Trauma in London's Renting Market

Sian Berry | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Politics
Sian Berry

As a private tenant I'll be taking the three minutes needed to take part myself, and then as an Assembly Member I'll be taking the findings to the highest level and making a top priority out of getting something done.

The Stomach-Churning Images That Show The Shocking Reality Of Renting

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK

A new campaign targeting dodgy landlords has seen hundreds of renters submit stomach-churning images of the conditions they experience in their rented...

Man 'Scared Of Sleeping Alone' Posts Creepy Advert Offering Female Student A Free Bed

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A man who says he is "scared of sleeping alone" posted a creepy advert on a flatshare website offering one lucky female student a free bed - in his be...

These Chelsea Snobs Demonstrate Everything That is Wrong With the London Housing Market

Banseka Kayembe | Posted 22.10.2016 | UK
Banseka Kayembe

Earlier this week, E4 broadcast an interesting programme called "How to Live the Chelsea Life," about an exclusive, high-end house sharing company, which prides itself on only renting to aspirational, young, sociable people. And by interesting, I mean it made me want to pour sulphuric acid directly into my retinas.

Flat Hunting Is Just Hardcore Speed-Dating

Sarah Little | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Comedy
Sarah Little

The current residents need to like you. They need to meet you, laugh at your jokes, and envisage a future of movie nights and sharing chores and decide whether they're ready to bring you into their life. Beyond meeting for a first date, this sh** is serious. Imagine meeting someone for the first time and having to decide there on the spot if you want to live with them. Weird, right?

Finally, A Step in the Right Direction for Housing

Matt Hutchinson | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Politics
Matt Hutchinson

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.

Private Renters in UK Pay Double the European Average

Gerald Koessl | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Gerald Koessl

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

It is Time to Focus on the Future, and Not Only Live in the Now

Karim Goudiaby | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Karim Goudiaby

The government needs to re-evaluate the Right to Buy scheme and establish a new way for citizens to live comfortably. If they focused on creating long-term options such as rent-only neighborhoods, or providing more funds to citizens with a low-income, the housing crisis could soon become a thing of the past.

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...