This is the worst outcome for renters – does the London Mayoral election offer a glimmer of hope?
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This is the worst outcome for renters – does the London Mayoral election offer a glimmer of hope?

By Kieran Aldred This General Election result is devastating. A Conservative majority for five years – none of us expected it. No Labour/ SNP led Tory opposition. No Liberal Democrat break on austerity. Just pure unadulterated revved up Thatcherite neoliberalism. For private renters in England and Wales, and everyone caught up in the gnashing teeth … Continue reading

What’s really fuelling George Osborne’s ‘economic recovery’?
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What’s really fuelling George Osborne’s ‘economic recovery’?

From an blog originally published on City Economist. It is estimated that current housing supply levels will mean that London will have a deficit of 559,000 homes by 2021 – which even when excluding factors such as overcrowding still amounts to 329,000 fewer homes than London will require. So what we have behind this economic … Continue reading

Radical action is needed to address the housing crisis, say 82% of Londoners
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Radical action is needed to address the housing crisis, say 82% of Londoners

Londoners have spoken; 82% believe radical action is now needed to address the housing crisis (Ipsos Mori poll of 1,000 Londoners). This week we also learned that Private landlords have bought up half of the former council homes in some of London’s poorest boroughs by exploiting Margaret Thatcher’s celebrated right-to-buy scheme. These findings come from a report by … Continue reading

Government policy turning London into ‘property developer’s paradise’
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Government policy turning London into ‘property developer’s paradise’

On Saturday private tenants from seven local tenant action groups across London including Digs held a ‘housewarming party’ at a development of newly built private rented flats in Stratford, east London in protest at soaring private rents and the government’s failure to tackle the problem. London rents have been rising at around 7 per cent per year. … Continue reading

What do you think about Boris’ plans to improve renting in London?
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What do you think about Boris’ plans to improve renting in London?

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London has launched his Housing Covenant which sets out his vision for improving the private rented sector. Click here to read the Mayor’s Housing Covenant. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Boris is not advocating for further regulation of the private rented sector (PRS). Boris argues: More red tape, regulation and rent controls – is unthinkable … Continue reading