I love cars. I can't help it really; my father had me driving a 1949 Austin to school mere days after passing my driving test. This was a pretty unique set of wheels for a 17-year old to commandeer, and it's been a twisted love affair with the automobile ever since...
I visited about fifty houses during my exhausting thirteen days of looking for a home - Since I still got my sociological attitude I started clustering the landlords into categories, creating five ideal types of landlords you could potentially stumble upon.
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.
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?
Letting out your property for the first time can be a daunting task. There is, however, plenty of advice out there for first time landlords, so don't fret. Here's a few top tips to get you started.
Whether it's housing for next year, a room for a placement term or summer accommodation, consider these factors before you sign any contract to avoid those cold nights, mouldy sheets and annoying housemates.
At present, many of our Local Authorities are in the strange position of being legally required to do something that they cannot do, and no one seems to mind, not least the Ministers with whom I have raised this matter. It all seems to a step too far for Government. After all, they don't have to suffer the misery of poor housing personally.
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.
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.
One of the most important elements of renting any property is the relationship between you and your landlord. While horror stories do exist, they are thankfully very rare. By following these handy tips, tenants can help to minimise any prospective issues with their landlords.