Janey S
Janey S

By Janey S

As a landlady, I can see what needs to change in our rental market

We recently received the following guest blog from a Shelter supporter, Maureen, and we thought we’d share it:

I have been a landlord/lady on and off for some time, and I cannot believe the ‘market’ value of my studio flat in Camden Town. Originally, when I first started letting it out, I could not bring myself to ask the going rate for it – it’s an attractive place but it’s only one room, though with a separate kitchen, and its … MORE...

John Bibby
John Bibby

By John Bibby

Poppy Terry
Poppy Terry

By Poppy Terry

The vile exploitation of ‘free rent for sex’ ads

This post was co-authored by John Bibby and Poppy Terry

 “Homeless Females ? Free Rent House Share (Hillingdon)

“As the ad states if there is any Homeless Single stunning Females who are out there seeking to save or seeking to be re-housed by a friendly genuine white britisg guy then look no further I offer a Genuine offer to any young single hot sexy female of any nationality or culture to house share with me free rent free food drinks … MORE...

Kate Webb
Kate Webb

By Kate Webb

Working families on the edge need the security of a safety net

Yesterday we published figures showing how vulnerable working families are to job loss. One in three working families told us they could not afford to pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job.

It’s not surprising that so many families feel ill-equipped for the proverbial rainy day. Nearly half of parents told us that housing costs were the biggest strain on their budgets and we know from previous research that nearly half of MORE...

Kate Wallis
Kate Wallis

By Kate Wallis

Is the increase in private renters a lifestyle choice we should come to accept?

Last week, the Resolution Foundation found that home ownership is at its lowest in 30 years. In fact, home ownership is now comparable with the European countries where we traditionally see renting as the norm.

This drop in home ownership comes as no surprise to us here at Shelter – it’s something that we have been talking about for a long time. Nor will it come as a shock to our new government; Theresa May highlighted in her first statementMORE...

Pete Jefferys
Pete Jefferys

By Pete Jefferys

Affordable housing: “affordable for who”?

Every time I hear the term “affordable housing” being used – whether in a conversation with friends, family, Shelter clients or in a focus group – the same comment is always made: “yes, but affordable for who…?”* Usually, the phrase is accompanied by a rolling of the eyes, or a shaking of the head.

Most of us who care about housing would agree with the sentiment that a lot of so-called “affordable” homes just aren’t. However it’s also vital that … MORE...