Monthly archives: June 2016

John Bibby
John Bibby

By John Bibby

Mortgage lenders open up buy-to-let to longer tenancies

A significant, silent shift has taken place in the buy-to-let mortgage market. It’s one that both lenders and the government deserve some credit for and it should make it easier for tenants to ask for a longer term tenancy like our Stable Rental Contract.

For a few years, restrictions in the T&Cs of buy-to-let loans have been pointed to as one of the big barriers to increasing the availability of longer, family friendly tenancies.

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Kevin Garvey
Kevin Garvey

By Kevin Garvey

Home and away: the rights of homeless families should not be buried beneath council pressures

Following the publication of our new research on homeless families being sent to live miles away from their home area, we caught up with Jo Underwood, Solicitor for Shelter’s Children’s Legal Service.

In defiance of legislation, ministerial demands and Supreme Court rulings, local authorities across London continue to house homeless families in temporary accommodation outside their home area and frequently, outside London altogether. Shelter’s recent report highlights that the current figures on out of area accommodation placements are unprecedented.

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Kevin Garvey
Kevin Garvey

By Kevin Garvey

Home and away: out of area moves represent the sharp edge of the housing crisis

If you’re homeless in London in 2016, you’d be wrong to think that you’ll be automatically re-housed in your home area.

As the pressures pile on local councils already under siege due to the housing crisis, more and more homeless families are being sent out of their home borough. This can be just down the road in a neighbouring area, or it could mean moving Slough, Luton, Birmingham, Manchester – wherever the next cluster of cheap housing is sought.

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