Private renters – What choice(s) do we have?

Hannah Fearn recently focused on the Residental Landlords’ Association’s call to politicians to back regulations they feel will increase properties and raise standards in the PRS. All parties are urged in this election year to support this sector which the RLA feels has the potential to become ‘a first choice for those seeking a place … More Private renters – What choice(s) do we have?

Being a girl from a council house

Written for: http://councilhomeschat.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/we-dont-realise-what-we-have-until-its-gone/ I lived in council houses in the 70s and 80s. The first house I properly remember was a neat little staggered terraced house with 2 bedrooms and French windows which led out into the garden. Roy next door could walk on stilts really well. Wayne on the other side was an only … More Being a girl from a council house

Setting a few things straight on the private renting front…

  [In which I offer a more detailed and more considered response to some questions put to me in my capacity as a private renter who has ‘given up hope’ of ever buying a property during a BBC 5 Live discussion on home ownership and private renting. This was hosted by Chris Warburton and featured … More Setting a few things straight on the private renting front…

The Child, the Parent and the Perils of Private Rented Housing

  I rent. I have never had a mortgage. I earn a salary which I am relieved to say, goes a fair way towards covering my outgoings. I pay more in rent than many people pay for their mortgages, certainly more than my contemporaries do. Undoubtedly though, in terms of how others view me, I … More The Child, the Parent and the Perils of Private Rented Housing