renting

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.
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.
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.
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.
The phrase "student housing" traditionally conjures up images of mice droppings, cramped bedrooms and scummy bathrooms - but
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%.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is clear that top-down regulation will only serve to deter investors at a time when more, not less, investment is needed. Instead, the mayor's proposals aim to work towards an improved private rented offer by putting Londoners and landlords in the driving seat.
Living situations are one of the most important and impacting factors for students, and the hardest to get right. Most of my friends have either found that perfect living partnership, or its been disastrous from beginning to end. I belong to the latter party, the one who's dreams never seem to come true.
The parliamentary expenses watchdog was being urged to let MPs claim for mortgage interest payments again months before the
A growing number of companies are renting out goods and services as a result of consumers seeking short-term solutions - and
Four in 10 people living in rental accommodation cannot afford to save anything for a deposit to buy their own home, as high
Stepping on to the property ladder instead of renting will save people almost £200,000 over a lifetime, according to research
When Kathy's marriage broke down, she needed to sell her house and rent a property. Ultimately she ended up having to leave the property and her job to live with relatives. Why? Because she had two dogs.
According to The Department of Communities and Local Government there are more than 1.7million families on housing waiting lists. Considering that Local Authorities throughout England commissioned the building of just 380 new homes in Q1 2011 we are unlikely to ever eradicate that backlog.