Brand new Croydon Speed Flatmating event

new logo sqLooking for a flatshare in Croydon? Have a spare room you need to rent out? Come along to the very first Croydon Speed Flatmating event at Tiger Tiger this evening.

Croydon is the latest in a series of regular ‘local’ Speed Flatmating events, catering for people who want to live in specific areas of London. Other events include: Angel, Camden, Clapham, East End and Hammersmith, plus our regular Zones 1-3 event and our new LGBT night.

Tonight’s event is completely free to attend – you just need to register in advance.

The Essential Guide to Flatsharing 2nd edition

The second edition of our book on living in shared accommodation, The Essential Guide to Flatsharing, is available to buy now on Amazon. We’ve updated the information and links in several places but also doubled the length of the chapter on taking in lodgers as more and more people are doing this to counter the effects of the recession.

Labour party’s Housing Policy Review

Yesterday morning we were invited to attend the Labour party’s Housing Policy Review roundtable on the private rented sector. That in itself is a big step forward as it shows a political party able to look at the full picture and recognise that shared accommodation is a vital part of the rental sector when it comes to housing. So, off we went to Westminster, along with representatives of housing charities, landlord groups, council accommodation departments, tenant groups, academics and other parties with an interest and key stake in the discussions.

The Chatham House Rule means we can’t go into specifics on what was said by who but two words that cropped up continuously were ‘supply’ and ‘affordability’. With people present representing all forms of rented housing (including social, shared and privately rented) the discussion covered a lot of ground in a short time but has hopefully helped Labour’s policy people get a clearer sense of what the key issues in housing are and which need tackling first.

Hopefully this will mark the beginning of shared accommodation getting wider recognition for the part it plays in providing an affordable, flexible supply of housing available to the (increasing) numbers who rely on it. Either way it’s a positive sign and we commend the review for asking us to participate. It was certainly a useful experience for us too.

Matt

Issue 6 of our free landlord newsletter available now

Issue 6 of Multi-letters, SpareRoom’s free newsletter for landlords, is now available to download. Multi-letters contains regular features on HMO regulations, managing rental property and being a professional landlord. Past issues (all still available) have included articles by Shelter, the National Landlords Association and Sarah Beeny.

Here’s what’s inside issue 6:

  • Article 4 directions – an in-depth article from the NLA giving you the lowdown (as well as explaining why they oppose the changes)
  • Should there be a TripAdvisor style ratings website allowing tenants to rate their landlords?
  • The results of our latest gas safety survey
  • News of a new way to spread the cost of payments when advertising your rooms on SpareRoom
  • A free copy of Your Property Network magazine for every reader

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