Monthly archives: April 2016

Janey S
Janey S

By Janey S

No vote, no voice: Renters need to register!

Are you renting in London?

Are you registered to vote?

Over a third of renters in London have moved 3 or more times in the last five years – and too often, when renters leave a home, they also leave their vote behind.

After the zillion things renters have to do when we move house (which, thanks to a terribly unstable rental market, we tend to do quite often), registering to vote sometimes doesn’t even make it onto our list.… MORE...

Kevin Garvey
Kevin Garvey

By Kevin Garvey

DHP (Dysfunctional Housing Payments)

When you’re on the brink of eviction, what do you think it takes to get your council’s attention? A lot, it transpires.

Discretionary housing payments (DHP) are the last chance saloon for families about to lose their home. Councils manage this pot of money, and are supposed to use it to help prevent people from becoming homeless, or in another type of housing emergency.

You may have fallen into rent arrears because of a housing benefit delay, or be … MORE...

Catharine Banks
Catharine Banks

By Catharine Banks

City or Casino?

We’ve talked before about the problems facing London’s luxury new-build market. Sales are slowing down, market values are falling, and investors are starting to pull out of schemes across the city. And if we are heading towards a major bust, the ramifications could be dire – not just in London but across the country.

But the London new-build market is notoriously complex. So much of what is known about it is anecdotal, based on clandestine conversations with developers and investors, … MORE...

John Bibby
John Bibby

By John Bibby

Watch: how we can make renting better by stabilising rents

Last week, in the run-up to the London elections, Shelter published new research showing that over half of renters in the capital are struggling to pay the rent. And while the housing crisis is particularly acute in London, private renters across the country are struggling to make ends meet. On average they spend 43%of their household income on rent.

The effects of this are as far-reaching as they are damaging. A growing number of people are unable to save, … MORE...

Sara Mahmoud
Sara Mahmoud

By Sara Mahmoud

The Housing and Planning Bill risks missing out half of England’s young private-renting households

This afternoon, the House of Lords will kick-off the first round of voting on key amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill. Councils around the country will be forced  to make sure that 20% of all new homes on developments are Starter Homes, leaving very little room for social rent. Given that the government’s vision for affordable housing is almost exclusively through subsidised home ownership, it’s crucial to ask whether this does the job, particularly for households on lower … MORE...