In a small house with two adults, a big dog and a cat we were already pushed for space but when Isabelle came along we are now bursting at the seams. It’s time for us to look for some new accommodation and finally step foot onto the housing ladder market. Living in Manchester we have lots of properties to choose from within our budget even with our requirements of a garage, outside space and number of bedrooms, so we can choose to be picky even when it comes to private rentals. There is always something available to meet our needs. In other areas though it’s not so easy.
London may be the capital but their housing situation is in crisis. There is a shortage of affordable homes. People are being forced to live in run down properties, families being uprooted because they cannot afford the housing costs and even people having to move out of London in search of cheaper properties. The current house prices are extortionate and with the average wage not stretching to afford living costs something has to change. Families are struggling and older children are unable to move out from their parent’s homes due to the prices. As a young couple with a family ourselves we can understand how hard it is to get on to the housing market financially but living in London it would prove near enough impossible.
Surely this cannot continue there are current incentives to help first time buyers but in the London borough it is not realistic. So what is being done about it?
Shelter believes that London’s housing deserves the same commitment as London’s transport, so with the next election of the London Mayor they are urging the housing crisis to be dealt with. The new Mayor needs to create new homes for London.
The campaign run by Shelter needs your support, please join in at Homes For London
This post has been sponsored by Shelter, but all thoughts are our own