Prosecuting landlords and holding councils to account: Renters’ Rights

Activism in London doesn’t only come in the form of camps outside parliament and marches with placards – Renters’ Rights London is an online campaign group striving to improve renters’ difficulties through gathering rent information and unifying London renters.

Photo credit: Quinn Dombrowski via CC 2.0

One way of protesting. Photo credit: Quinn Dombrowski via CC 2.0

The Camden Federation of Private Tenants, having seen grass-roots rent-groups spring up in places like Hackney and Islington, founded the group in August 2014. Continue reading

Rising UK private rents make Europe 15 times cheaper

Rent is higher than ever for the nine million private tenants of Great Britain, increasing 2.1 per cent in the year up to March, meaning in parts of Europe rent is now almost 15 times cheaper.

This marks the continuing trend of prices climbing further into the stratosphere for England, the greatest annual increase yet, with prices having ascended 28.6 per cent since 2005, recent figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show.

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Figures from ONS April 2015 report using Index of Private Housing Rental Prices. Click graph to get the data.

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5 cheapest rentals in England

Location, kitchen table, bedroom size, cleanliness – considering all the things to get the most brick for your buck is often a painful process.

Roost has found five of the cheapest properties in England using one factor only. Price. These properties, all advertised within the last fortnight, show you where you could live for the lowest cost. Unsurprisingly, they’re nowhere near London. Continue reading