Sponsoring the London Homelessness Awards 2016

We’re delighted to say that this year, we’re joining Crisis, the London Housing Directors and the London Housing Federation in sponsoring the London Homelessness Awards. Regarded as the UK’s leading homelessness awards, they highlight and celebrate innovation within the sector.

Everyone from registered social landlords, agency partnerships and public sector health organisations to housing and social services departments, and voluntary sector organisations are encouraged to enter.… MORE...

Kate Webb
 

By Kate Webb

Parental wealth the key to homeownership

This week has brought fresh confirmation that people’s homeownership aspirations are increasingly dependent on their parent’s wealth.

New research by Legal and General found that the Bank of Mum and Dad is funding at least a quarter of all mortgages in the UK. Gifts from family are now so commonplace that parents are effectively the tenth largest mortgage lender. This follows previous research from Shelter that found parents are spending more than double what the government does on housing each … MORE...

Sara Mahmoud
 

By Sara Mahmoud

‘High’ to ‘higher’ forced sales mean 23,500 council homes lost per year and an average annual £26m bill

We previously sounded the alarm that a subtle amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill allows the Secretary of State to force the sale of a much broader range of council homes than before to fund the expansion of Right to Buy to housing association tenants.

Our brand new analysis  shows that to raise the estimated £4.5bn a year needed to fund the generous discounts that make Right to Buy work, the average council could be hit with an annual … MORE...

Chris Thorne
 

By Chris Thorne

You won’t believe this totally mind-blowing method of reducing your letting agent fees!

Letting agent fees are one of the most painful aspects of renting. Every time you move, whether into or out of a home, you’re hit with a ludicrous list of fees. And they don’t come cheap either.

One of the most ridiculous, is the dreaded administration fee for changing the name on a tenancy agreement when people move out of a shared rental property. This can cost anything up to £300.

Driven to despair, I’ve developed an ingenious, fool-proof method … MORE...

Zorana Halpin
 

By Zorana Halpin

Are we facing an evictions crisis?

Imagine knowing that you are going to lose your home but not knowing when the bailiffs will come knocking.

One look at this harrowing video of Angela being evicted by bailiffs tells you that there’s nothing easy about being evicted. But knowing when the bailiff will turn up is better than having no idea when they will show, and sitting there just waiting. Knowing when you will be evicted could give you time to get someone to look after … MORE...