Why does finance care so much about students?

By Alessio Kolioulis (@alessioilgreco) and Rahel Süß (@RahelSuess)   When Universities in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Manchester reported more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases last week, students started questioning why halls were allowed to reopen in the first place.   With Health Secretary Matt Hancock not ruling out that students may remain in halls throughout the Christmas break, …

Introducing the Greater Manchester Tenants Union

By the Greater Manchester Tenants Union (@gmtenantsunion) formally Tenants Union UK (@tenantsunionuk)   Tenants Union UK is changing. From this autumn we will be focussing our organisational efforts on housing issues in Greater Manchester. We will work to strengthen and grow our branches across the city-region, and we’ll be relaunching to reflect this: welcome the …

Government aim to ‘flatten the curve’ of evictions — but not stop them

By Greater Manchester Against Evictions   Today the eviction ban that was brought in as the pandemic broke in March, finally ended. Initially brought in for 3 months, it was extended twice due to pressure from the organised renters movement.    In the last month, the government has used the time to make some changes …

Manctopian Nightmares and Municipal Dreams

By Amanda Wait   On a clear day, an investor buying into Manchester’s booming penthouse lifestyle could look out and survey the magnificent view from their floor to ceiling window. As the city stretches out before them, they might just spot in the far distance a matrix of circles and crescents, hubs and spokes, all …

Whose ‘Manctopia’?

By Tina Cribbin (@tinacribbin)   Greetings from Hulme. Apparently we are part of Manchester’s “donut of deprivation” or so says Tim Heatley. Yes, the hand-in-glove mate of the lord mayors of Manchester and Salford and those sellers of souls at Manchester City Council.   First let me start by saying that the so-called “donut of …

Challenging the myth that only London councils can shut down short term lets

By Tenants Union (@tenantsunionuk) and GMHA (@gmhousingaction)   Across Manchester, housing that once provided homes for permanent residents is being transformed into accommodation for short stays for those visiting the city.  The number of entire houses let on Airbnb, where the host is absent, has trebled across Manchester over the past 4 years from 357 …

‘Defending our homes against landlord tyranny’. Rent strikes, then and now.

By Isaac Rose (@_isaacrose) and Siobhan Donnachie (@siobhan_e_d)   Last Friday, over fifty Dorchester Court residents staged a protest outside their millionaire landlord’s offices in Waterloo, demanding: no evictions, essential repairs and rent reductions. Their action, which has been accompanied by collective rent strikes during the pandemic, is part of a wave of mobilisations globally that …