As a "disabled" privately renting female in London, you may think that I have one foot in and one foot out when it comes to the upcoming EU Referendum.
By connecting landlords and tenants online, and using open and user generated data to find that rental sweet spot, we have since had BGV investment and European funding to promote ethical practices and to help revolutionise the housing industry.
Dear Caroline Ansell I haven't had a working shower for a week. I know this may seem like pretty small beer. You have bigger
This is "Barry". He lives in my room. I've named this monstrosity of damp and mould to make light of how depressing it is
The only real options are either to leave London entirely, or give up on having a family. If the next Mayor doesn't take drastic action on the cost of housing, they will drive away workers and their children, leaving a hamstrung economy and eroding communities.
Renting an apartment means that you no longer have to mow your own lawn or shovel snow. In addition, you also don't have to pay for real estate taxes or pay for house repair; your landlord will be the one to take care of that. However, despite these advantages, renting an apartment comes with its own disadvantages.
Based on the majority of Tory initiated housing policies to date, we might be forgiven for assuming that in their minds, private renters are a homogenous group of middle class, young professionals who just can't quite scrape together the requisite deposit for their own home.
As can be expected during election campaigns, ambitious manifesto pledges are the order of the day. Many of the promises being made, while admirable, take for granted what is arguably the most pressing social concern in Britain today. Housing.
The grim reality of London's private renting crisis was graphically exposed to the wider world this June when in Islington we banned a tiny 'shoebox' flat from being rented out. In the widely-shared photo from the letting agent's site, you could see the bed blocking the cupboard doors under the hob; the fact it was snapped up, in less than a day, for £737 a month was a cruel expression of the desperation so many tenants' face.
Over the last few months the government has begun to take notice of some home truths. We simply don't have enough houses to meet demand; an ailing construction sector is holding back economic growth; and the growing number of private renting families remain stuck in expensive, unstable housing.