Forced council sales: a small amendment that makes things a whole lot worse

They look like such an innocuous series of little amendments. But the most recent proposed government changes to the Housing and Planning Bill could make the potential impact of the forced council sales policy go from bad to worse.

You can find the amendments I’m talking about here. They do two things.

First, they change what’s under consideration for sale from ‘high’ value council homes to ‘higher’ value council homes.

That might not sound like much, but it gives the … Read more

Over half London’s private renters are struggling. Renting needs fixing now.

When does a city’s housing problem get so bad that it’s legitimate to describe it as a ‘crisis’?

People often quibble about whether the current housing situation constitutes a ‘crisis’ or remains only ‘very serious’. But with more than half of London’s 2.7 million private renters now struggling to pay their rent at least some of the time, it’s beyond doubt that the city is in anything other than a full-blown crisis.

Doing something about this crisis will be one … Read more

A life-saving amendment

You might not know it, but every year around 70 people are killed and a staggering 350,000 people are injured through contact with electricity. In 2013-14 there were 49 deaths from electrical fires in the home.

Alarming, isn’t it?

Thankfully this is set to change due to a very welcome amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill.

Late yesterday, the Government published a new clause that will introduce mandatory electrical safety checks for privately rented properties, helping to prevent … Read more

Starter Homes update: things we’ve learned from the technical consultation

Many peers expressed worries about the lack of detail in the Housing and Planning Bill during its early outings in the House of Lords. In fact they had an awful lot of concerns about some of the central parts of the bill, like Starter Homes. Many were exercised about the fact that the Bill includes remarkably little detail about how the sweeping reforms to affordable housing will actually work. Instead of specifying these vital details, the Bill will give the … Read more

Need a new place to rent? Try Dodgy Lettings.

Did you know there’s a brand new lettings agent website for people needing a new home?

Dodgy Lettings cuts through the jargon, shows renters what to look out for and what to avoid. This video also shows the kind of service you can expect from their friendly staff.

Ok, you’ve got us – it isn’t a real lettings agent website, just a spoof one we’ve set up to show how bad renting can be.

There are no sunset filled pics … Read more