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 23.10.2015 | 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 02.08.2015 | 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 08.07.2015 | 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 24.06.2015 | 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...

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...