Steve Akehurst
Steve Akehurst

By Steve Akehurst

Shelter’s general election call: help for the growing army of hard pressed private renters

Today Shelter has launched our campaign calling on the new government to deliver 500,000 homes in the next Parliament at ‘living rents’, a concept that has growing cross-party and cross-sector support.

There is coverage in The Sun and The Guardian, among others. Our short briefing is here, which we will be following up with a fuller investigation and report later in the year.

Why are we calling for this?

In part we’re trying to raise the alarm about … MORE...

Heather Spurr
Heather Spurr

By Heather Spurr

Rogue One: Government policies are forcing tenants onto bad landlords

Imagine living in a house without hot water and heating. Or with mouse infestations, broken appliances, damp and mould. These are some of the problems people coming to Shelter live with every day.

Thanks to Shelter’s campaigning, local authorities are clamping down on this behaviour. A Guardian investigation has named some of the most prosecuted landlords in Bristol. Some of the problems found mirror what we see on a daily basis: broken cookers and drains, cold, substandard or unlicensed homes. … MORE...

Deborah Garvie
Deborah Garvie

By Deborah Garvie

Homelessness Reduction Act becomes law – now we need a cross-Government approach to make it work

Last week saw the Royal Assent of the first major piece of homelessness legislation for 15 years – the Homelessness Reduction Act. Likely to be implemented next year, the Act has the potential to transform the way homelessness services are delivered and ensure that all eligible applicants are given the help they need.  But it will take political will to tackle the drivers of homelessness.  In the run-up to the General Election, we’re calling on all parties to end … MORE...

Ross Fisher
Ross Fisher

By Ross Fisher

Looking to rent in Greater Manchester? Let Dodgy Lettings find our perfect property for you…

So much is made of people wanting a nice, stable, affordable home nowadays. But at Dodgy Lettings we know that in reality people will accept whatever they can get – and that’s where we can help you.

As Greater Manchester’s newest letting agent, we‘re confident that you won’t have read a single negative review about us (yet).

And because we’re not fussy about the condition of our properties or the health of our tenants, we can offer properties that more … MORE...

Ross Fisher
Ross Fisher

By Ross Fisher

A big day in Greater Manchester

There’s a lot at stake when the 174th Manchester derby kicks-off tonight. Victory could prove pivotal in United and City’s battle for 4th place and Champions League qualification, and of course supporters will be yearning for all important bragging rights.

But the stakes are a lot higher for Greater Manchester’s private renters. 1 in 6 households in Greater Manchester rent, but too many are struggling with unsafe conditions, rising rents and the difficulty of putting down roots in a stable … MORE...