Janey S
 

By Janey S

Letting agents and ghost listings

We were recently contacted by a homeowner that had fallen victim to fraudulent activity by a letting agent. Here’s her story…

Last year I got a nasty shock. I discovered a letting agent advertising my flat for rent, without my permission, while I was living in it.

This both worried and angered me. If my mortgage lender discovered the flat listed for rent, they could have accused me of breaking my mortgage agreement, as renting breaches the terms of my … MORE...

Jenny Pennington
 

By Jenny Pennington

How would it feel to lose your home?

Recently, we’ve been working with Andrea, a woman from Bristol, on our fix renting campaign. As Andrea describes, home is something that you work for. You build it, both through decorating it to make it yours and through getting to know the people and places around it. And from this, you build a life.

For me, home is the start of everything. It gives you more than an address; it gives you a life and a community base. For my … MORE...

Toby Lloyd
 

By Toby Lloyd

Should private renters get the Right to Buy?

This is my second blog in response to Civitas’s excellent new report Restoring a Nation of Homeownership. This morning’s post concluded that Civitas’s Peter Saunders was right to draw attention to the demand side of the housing affordability equation – not instead of, but in addition to the growing consensus on the need to build more homes. Even if we do start building the number of homes we need, house prices will stay high unless something is done about … MORE...

Toby Lloyd
 

By Toby Lloyd

Building more is essential – but not enough to solve the affordability crisis

What with the EU referendum hotting up, hooliganism stalking Euro 2016, and Donald Trump enraging half the world, there’s not a lot of unanimity at the moment. But almost everyone now agrees that we need to build far more homes in England. Happily the government does too, having recently increased it’s ‘ambition’ to build a million new homes this parliament to a full blown ‘commitment’ – which Westminster-watchers assure me is a significant shift. The word on Whitehall is that … MORE...

Jenny Pennington
 

By Jenny Pennington

Home and away: councils can, and must, improve how they conduct out of area moves

The National Homelessness Advice Service [NHAS] is a partnership between Shelter and Citizens Advice, funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The aim of the service is to enable frontline providers including councils, voluntary agencies and local Citizens Advice Bureaux to deliver good quality housing and homelessness advice, and support the prevention of homelessness where possible.

We asked Vicky Hines, NHAS Partnership Manager – local authorities,  to blog for us about good practice tips around out of area … MORE...