It seems great. The pictures look good, the estate agent is really enthusiastic and your housemates aren't complete freaks (yet)... what could possibly go wrong? Turns out, a heck of a lot. Witness the horror as 14 anonymous people tell us the absolute worst things that have happened to them while renting. Words: Lauren Burgess Photos: Lauren Burgess Photo editing: Denisa Rosca and Fu Lei Source: flickr Source: flickr Source: flickr Source: flickr Source: flickr Source: flickr Source: Wikimedia Source: flickr Source: UnSplash Source: flickr Source: flickr Source: flickr Source: Wikipedia Source: PixaBay
When searching for properties to rent in London there are two paths you can go down, agencies and independent landlords. Here are our tips to get you by. Words: Tiasha Simon, Karolina Zilenaite Photos: Mariya Savova, Julia Tsilman Video: Julia Tsilman INDEPENDENT LANDLORDS You would think when going independently in terms of searching for houses everything would be smooth sailing, missing out on all those fees agencies like to charge, what could be better? Think again. Going through room renting websites may have you wanting to crawl into estate agents and beg them to find a place to live. Anywhere. Just anywhere. The horrors of house hunting can chisel away at your sanity. Bouncing between different websites for hours on end becomes a chore, and there are plenty of them to lo
Over 50s are being forced to take in younger lodgers in order to combat the London housing crisis. We investigate the extent to which elderly renters are going in order to keep up with London's rocketing prices. Words: Megan Townsend, Hayley Warren, Bea Renshaw & Tessa Ross, Subeditor: Bea Renshaw Flat sharing. Two words which are definitive in your university and young professional years, but in your later years? Not so much. Due to the current housing crisis in London, buying a property is off the cards for most. This only looks to get worse, as David Cameron has sworn to scrap legal requirements for developers to build affordable housing. Even the most financially secure are being forced to look into flat sharing in order to manage with living expenses in the city. Some
London rent prices are soaring. Let's face it, it's something to moan about. But are we thinking about rent prices rationally? They are, after all, relative to the area they are based in; for example, the closer you are to central London the pricier your rent would be. However, working in the city centre you would stereotypically be earning more. Words: Michelle Whitney, Aminah Mughal, Teh Mohamed Yusof, Izzy Sullivan, Simone Wright and Tenelle Ottley-Matthew As well as the prices being relative, when you compare to other major cities it is an accepted and naturally progressive part of capitalism. We have one of the worlds culturally rich histories, and we should be grateful that we live in such an attractive city for all around the globe. However, the pay here is higher than anywhere...