General Election 2015: A roundup for renters

Housing is becoming one of the top priorities for voters in the run up to the 2015 general election, according to a poll by Ipsos Mori. House prices have risen all over the country so it’s no longer an issue for just London and the South East. So here’s a round up of what the main political parties are saying for renters in the UK:


David Cameron visits a Help to Buy housing site

“Buying homes shouldn’t be an impossible dream”

The Tories are focusing on home ownership. Earlier this month Cameron said they would build 200,000 more homes, including new starter homes for first-time buyers, and George Osborne recently announced a new Help-to-Buy ISA to help first-time buyers. For the private rental sector, they hope to deliver 10,000 new homes below market rent. However, they would have no cap on rent.


“Under a Labour government housing will be a top priority”

“Under a Labour government housing will be a top priority”

Labour are making a number of changes for renters. They say they will have a cap on rent and a ceiling on rent increases for tenancies of over three years. They also want to scrap letting agents fees for tenants and introduce a national register of landlords.

Liberal Democrats

"Providing the opportunities for everybody that a home gives"

“Providing the opportunities for everybody that a home gives” Photograph: Liberal Democrats

The Lib Dems want more housing, shared ownership and a rent-to-buy scheme. Their annual housebuilding target is 300,000.

Green Party

"Providing secure, comfortable and affordable places to live"

“Providing secure, comfortable and affordable places to live”

The Greens want to scrap letting agent fees and bring in compulsory licensing for all landlords. They would introduce a rent cap to inflation and bring tenancy to five years with the tenant’s right to renew unless the landlord sells or moves in. There would also be a Living Rent Commission to examine more stringent proposals.


"Vote purple, keep Britain green"

“Vote purple, keep Britain green”

Ukip won’t introduce a rent cap but they would introduce new three to ten year tenancies, as well as Assured Shorthold Tenancies. They would encourage more landlords to rent to tenants on housing benefits.


Meet Naomi Moore: author of The Tenant’s Rights Manual

It goes without saying that few of us really know our rights as a renter. We know our landlord has to give us 24 hours notice before coming over (plenty of time to clear up last night’s party). We also know he can pretty much kick us out whenever he wants.

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“I Live In Hell” – Welcome, Roost Radio No. 1!

Now, we at Roost are into the whole renting shebang (if that’s not clear by now then we might as well shut down and get on with our sorry lives). The hip dudes and dudettes who make up the worlds ‘bands’ or ‘beat units’, it turns out, are not so partial (well, Crosby, Stills and Nash seem happy with their lot, but those asides…). We’ve collated a near half hour of sonic raging for Roost Radio’s inaugural mix. How about that!

Track list:
1. Dear Landlord – I Live In Hell
2. Crosby, Stills and Nash – Our House
3. Sheer Mag – Fan The Flames
4. Tom Petty – Apartment Song
5. The Housemartins – Build
6. Fairport Convention – Dear Landlord
7. The Police – Landlord
8. Dead Kennedys – Let’s Lynch The Landlord

You can thanks us later.

A guide to the average cost of living in each London borough

We all know living in London is expensive and the prices seem to go up and up – it was recently reported that paying rent in the capital can take two thirds of tenant’s incomes. But if you love the city you’ve got to live there. So Roost have drawn up a map showing you the average weekly room rents in each London borough, to help you find the best place to live.


Yellow pins: under £100
Red pins: between £100 – £150
Pink pins: between £150 – £200
Green pins: over £200